If you have noticed that your gums are redder than usual, swollen, tender, or bleed easily, you may suffer from gum disease. Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease is an infection of the gums and soft tissues of the mouth that is caused by bacteria in plaque. As plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) accumulate on the teeth, the bacteria can lead to irritation and inflammation in the gum tissues. When not properly treated, gum disease can eventually result in receding gums, tooth loss, and bone loss. In addition, untreated periodontal disease may contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, pregnancy complications, diabetes, stroke, and other serious health problems.
In order to avoid these serious complications and keep your smile in the best possible health, we provide quality care for gum disease in Chicago, Illinois. The specific type of gum treatment will depend on your personal dental needs and how severe the condition is. One of the most common treatments Dr. Gary Wegmann suggests is scaling and root planing. These are deep cleanings designed to remove bacteria and infected tissue and encourage the re-growth of healthy gum tissue. If you would like to learn more about gum treatment, we welcome you to call or visit us today at The Chicago Family Dental Center. Our dentist and dental team are committed to providing all of the care you need for a healthy, happy smile.