By now, most of our patients know about periodontal disease, also called gum disease, but not many may be able to explain how it works. In our Forest Glen, IL office, Harold Krinsky, DDS, is eager for patients to find out if they are a candidate for periodontics, and understand just what it all means.
The issue of periodontal disease is quite frightening when you come to understand just what is going on inside of the mouth. Essentially, gum disease worsens if left untreated, and over time, it makes its way between the teeth and the gum tissue. This allows more and more bacteria and plaque to build up and irritate the soft tissue. This also irritates and loosens the bones supporting the teeth, such as the roots, and soon a tooth may even be lost to the disease.
Fortunately, as your dentist in Forest Glen, Dr. Krinsky can provide you with basic to advanced periodontics and gum treatment. Whether it is several in-depth cleanings after you have been diagnosed with early stages of gum disease or more intense treatments such as scaling and root planing, if you are told you are a candidate for periodontics, you can and must take action.
The good news for those told they are a candidate for periodontics is that it is an advanced and relatively painless treatment that can use local anesthesia in order to allow your hygienist or Dr. Krinsky to do the deep cleaning and any further treatment to address infection or promote healing.
If you are at risk for the loss of a tooth, Dr. Krinsky may also suggest periodontal surgery that can attempt to eliminate seriously infected or inflamed tissue.
Once the periodontal disease is under control, you can maintain the health of the teeth and gums through effective daily brushing and flossing, the use of special medications or rinses, and regular cleanings and checkups. Traditional dental exams always look for any sign of gum disease and will ensure that gum treatment is done to eliminate threats. If left too long, the condition can cost you one or more teeth, so don’t hesitate to get in for an exam today and be sure your teeth and gums are in top condition.
If you have additional questions about whether you are a candidate for periodontics, or about any of the other treatments mentioned here, give us a call at our Forest Glen, IL office at 773-685-9666. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.