Putting an end to your Gum Disease

6 May, 2018

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Gum disease affects more than half of adults in the U.S., and many are unaware that they have it. The astonishing fact is that gum disease and its devastating effects can be stopped with scaling and root planing – a professional deep cleaning of the teeth. Here is a look at how your Hyde Park dentist can put a stop to your gum disease and what you can expect from this procedure.

First, let’s take a look at what happens when you have gum disease.

Our mouths are home to millions of bacteria. Practicing good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly helps to remove plaque buildup and bacteria that causes gum disease and cavities. On the flip side, if you do not take good care of your teeth, gum disease develops and can lead to inflamed gums that bleed, loose teeth, cavities, loss of jawbone, and more. Thankfully, repetitive treatments of scaling and root planing can remove this harmful bacteria, plaque buildup, and help get your oral health back to an optimal level.

Scaling and Root Planing – The Procedure

This procedure is best tolerated while numb. Typically, only one side of the mouth is treated at a time so that you do not have your entire mouth numb all at once. As you sit relaxed, our expert dental hygienist removes buildup from your teeth and under the gum line. Using special instruments, the hygienist also smooths the roots of each tooth affected by gum disease. The process helps the gums heal and prevents further damage that could be caused by gum disease. After the procedure, you may experience a little discomfort once the numbness wears off. This is because your teeth were cleaned below the gum line, which is typically a bit more sensitive than the exposed area of your teeth. It is a small price to pay to keep your teeth though!

Why you may need scaling and root planing

Gum disease causes the gums to actually separate from the teeth, forming periodontal pockets. These pockets harbor harmful bacteria that erode teeth, gums, and the jawbone. As the pockets become larger, it is an access point for bacteria to enter the bloodstream and affect the entire body, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The only way to deep clean your teeth once these pockets develop is through the process of scaling and root planing. Otherwise, you run the risk of eventual tooth loss as the disease worsens.

Risks of scaling and root planing

There are minimal risks involved with scaling and root planing, but these risks generally apply to people with a certain medical history such as those with a compromised immune system, heart issues, artificial joints or medical implants, or those who have had major surgery recently. In these instances, a round of antibiotics can help minimize the potential risks involved with the procedure. To understand any potential risks involved with this procedure, speak with your dentist in Hyde Park at University Dental Professionals as risks may vary depending on the severity of your gum disease as well as your health history. Choosing an expert periodontist in Hyde Park will help reduce your chances of any risks or complications.

Caring for your mouth after scaling and root planing

Scaling and root planing helps stop the progression of gum disease, but you are also expected to do your part as well. This means that you need to practice good oral hygiene, stop smoking if you smoke, limit your intake of sugar, and adhere to your prescribed treatment for gum disease.

Gum Disease Treatment in Hyde Park

To learn more about scaling and root planing or how to improve your oral health, call University Dental Professionals by calling (773) 684-5702 and schedule a consultation. During your consultation, feel free to address any concerns or ask questions that you may have regarding your procedure or your oral health.

University Dental Professionals welcomes patients of the Hyde Park area of Chicago.

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About Us

Since 1984, University Dental Professionals has been providing exceptional dental care here in Chicago. Located in Hyde Park, directly across from the Museum of Science and Industry, our location has made it convenient for our patients from throughout Chicagoland and Northern Indiana. Focused on our mission to provide the best dental services possible, our doctors utilize the most advanced state-of-the-art technologies to customize their approach, one patient at a time. As a team, we are committed to collaborating with each other to ensure the best treatment options.

Our very own in office UDP dental plan reflects our philosophical approach to prevention and oral health. With more and more studies showing the systemic effects of poor oral health, our dental plan is 100% based on prevention and maintaining your oral health. The core of our plan is our hygiene recall system and our ongoing educational pursuits keep our hygiene team at the forefront of oral health. Each and every provider participates in our UDP plan, to offer our patients the best in services and reasonable fees without any limitations.

Our experienced doctors are leaders and innovators in dentistry. They are educators, authors and well-respected clinicians highly skilled in Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry, Implant Dentistry, All on 4 ProceduresBotox, Dental Sleep Appliances, Invisalign, and far more. Implementing digital and laser dentistry allows our patients the latest in comfortable and high-quality dentistry.

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