Periodontal Therapy – Chicago, IL
Effective Gum Care
Right now, periodontal disease, better known as gum disease, is the most common oral health problem in the U.S. The CDC estimates that about HALF of adults aged 30+ have some form of the infection right now, which can cause redness, swelling, pain, and even tooth loss if ignored. It has also been shown to drastically increase someone’s risk for heart disease, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease! Suffice it to say, we take periodontal care very seriously here at University Dental Professionals, which is why we have a dedicated specialist, Dr. Rauf Yousuf, on staff. If you’ve been diagnosed with periodontal disease or are starting to notice sensitive, puffy gums, contact us today so our team can protect your smile and your health with periodontal therapy in Chicago, IL.
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Scaling & Root Planing
When caught early, periodontal disease can usually be stopped using a scaling and root planing treatment. This is essentially a deep cleaning that eliminates the plaque, tartar, and bacteria accumulated below the gum line that is the source of the infection. Once these substances have been removed (scaling), the roots of the teeth are reshaped and smoothed (root planing), which jumpstarts the healing process while also lowering the chances of reinfection.
Gum recession, in which the soft tissues actually pull away from the teeth and expose the sensitive roots, is a common symptom of periodontal disease. This can make cavities more likely while also causing the teeth to appear unnaturally long. With a gum graft, however, we can restore a patient’s health and appearance by using a small portion of their own oral tissue to replace the receded area of gums. Thanks to Dr. Yousuf’s expertise, this procedure is fast, comfortable, and the recovery is short and easy as well.
Crown lengthening involves exposing more of a tooth’s crown by removing the gum and bone tissue currently covering it. This can help our team accomplish many things, such as repair a tooth with damage below the gum line, enable a tooth to support a restoration like a crown, or simply improve the appearance of a “gummy” smile.
Periodontal disease not only attacks the teeth and gums, but the underlying bone that supports them as well. As a result, the nearby jawbone can develop defects that not only impact the appearance of the smile, but these can also make the teeth less stable and more prone to infection. Osseous surgery involves removing these defects to reverse the damage caused by an infection and lower the risk of it coming back.
This treatment involves taking a small portion of a patient’s bone from somewhere in their body (typically their hip or rib) and using it to build up and strengthen a specific portion of the jawbone. This can reverse damage caused by periodontal disease and/or enable a patient to get dental implants. The procedure can usually be completed in a single appointment, and after a few weeks, the bone should be fully healed and renewed.
The bone located immediately around each tooth is called the ridge, and it’s vital to the stability of your teeth. Ridge preservation involves fortifying this bone to repair any damage and ensure it’s strong enough to hold an implant in the future. Often, a ridge preservation is performed at the same time as a tooth extraction so the gapped can be filled as quickly as possible. It works similarly to a bone graft, in that donated bone is used to thicken the ridge so it offers more stability.