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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Periodontal Treatment

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We understand that choosing a dentist for your family is a big decision and you want to make the best choice. Here are some of the most common questions we receive in our office.

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Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal disease is a serious infection of the periodontal ligaments and tissues that support your teeth. Without treatment, periodontal disease typically leads to tooth loss and, in some cases, systemic health issues.

Fortunately, periodontal treatment is designed to treat and improve periodontal disease and save your smile. With comprehensive periodontal treatment in Aurora, IL, our patients with gum disease have enjoyed improved oral health. Tooth loss is far less likely with treatment and compliance.

Compliance means you follow guidelines put forward by your dentist to treat your condition. This may include specialized teeth cleanings and gum treatments in conjunction with an optimal oral health routine at home.

If you have early periodontal disease—gingivitis—this is often reversible as opposed to only treatable.

To lower your risks for periodontal disease, we recommend visiting your dentist twice yearly for exams and teeth cleanings. You should also brush and floss your teeth at least two times each day.

If you have periodontal disease, you are not alone. Our team will rally to help improve your oral health and your peace of mind.

Contact Our Dental Team for Periodontal Treatment in Aurora

If you notice a bad taste in your mouth, bleeding gums, or an elongated appearance to your teeth, you should be evaluated in our dental office. Call today to schedule.

If you do a great job of staying current on your dental exams and dental cleanings, you’re probably used to the “standard” cleaning that your hygienist performs. This dental cleaning typically lasts about 30 minutes and doesn’t require anesthesia or special follow-up care.

These standard teeth cleanings are the norm for most patients, and the odds are they are the only type of cleaning you’ve ever had. For some patients, however, this treatment is not enough. If you find yourself with inflamed gums or other periodontal disease signs, it may be time for a deep dental cleaning. 

These deep cleanings, also known as “scaling and root planing,” involve your dental team thoroughly cleaning the tooth surface underneath the gum line. Deep cleanings become necessary when a buildup of tartar gets beneath your gums and causes painful and dangerous swelling or infection. 

During a deep cleaning, your Aurora, IL dentist or dental hygienist will numb the section(s) of your mouth they are working on before using special instruments to remove all traces of plaque and calculus from your teeth.

Then, they will smooth your tooth roots’ surfaces to help restore your smile to good health. Your dentist may request that you come back for follow-up cleanings soon, and they may also choose to prescribe a round of antibiotics to discourage bacterial growth or infections while your mouth heals.

If you need to schedule a dental exam and dental cleaning, our dental office is open on Saturdays for your convenience! We also have treatment staff members on site who speak Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

Close up of dental cleaning | Dentist Aurora ILWe recommend deep cleanings when tartar collects deep beneath your gum line and causes an infection, irritation, or swelling. This typically occurs due to poor home care or missed dental cleanings, and it may be worse for patients with a poor diet. We know that patients all have different access to have dentistry, and no matter what your current oral health status is, our team at Prairie Dental Care will help you get back on track to healthy teeth and gums.

What to Expect From a Deep Cleaning

A deep dental cleaning addresses areas where brushing, flossing, and even a regular dental cleaning cannot reach. Because tartar calcifies on your enamel, removing it requires a special type of dental cleaning, advanced techniques, and sometimes medications to improve your oral health. When tartar is allowed to remain in place, the result is the accumulation of more tartar that attaches deeper to the root surface and causes chronic inflammation of the gum tissue.

Gum Disease Treatment in 60506

Advanced gum disease often takes many years to progress to the point where you suffer tooth loss, but it can affect other aspects of your overall health, such as heart health and diabetes. Gum disease during pregnancy is associated with low birth weight in babies. The end result is a loss of the bone that surrounds your teeth, loosening of your teeth, and lost teeth. Tooth loss leads to many other oral health problems including a misaligned bite and ongoing tooth loss.

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