Gum disease will affect about half of all adults in the United States at some point in their lives. What starts as bacterial growth in the mouth can, when left untreated, advance to the point of tooth loss. We evaluate your mouth for signs of gum disease at every checkup. That way, we can detect it early enough that gum disease treatment from our Naperville, IL periodontist is still simple, and your smile has not suffered any permanent damage.
Also called a dental deep cleaning, scaling and root planing targets dangerous bacteria in your mouth. First, we remove plaque and tartar that have accumulated on the surface of your teeth below the gumline. Then, we smooth out your teeth’s roots, allowing your gums to seamlessly reattach to them.
The Chao Pinhole Technique allows us to treat gum disease without scalpels and sutures. We’ll use special instruments to reposition your gum tissue back over the exposed roots of your teeth, similarly to how a needle and thread bring pieces of fabric together.
As an alternative to surgery, we can use a highly concentrated beam of light to remove infected oral tissue. The soft tissue laser immediately cauterizes the area, minimizing bleeding and drastically reducing the recover time and risk of re-infection.
Our team is fully prepared to handle even the most complex of gum treatments. Whether you need gum grafting, dental implant surgery, or anything else – our in-house periodontists can conveniently meet your needs right here in our Naperville dental office.
With millions of people being affected every year, gum disease in Naperville is a serious oral health issue, but it can also impact overall well-being. Should you notice the symptoms of this condition, you need to seek professional help right away. But you may have questions about treatment—our team at Grand Dental – Naperville is more than happy to give you answers. We can address any of your concerns, including the process of treatment and potential cost, through transparent and honest communication.
Our team at Grand Dental – Naperville believes the best way to approach gum disease is to prevent it through safe and effective tips including the following:
No, periodontal therapy will not hurt. After our periodontist in Naperville examines your soft oral tissues and determines the severity of the disease, he can then put together a treatment plan customized to your case using various types of procedures, including scaling and root planing, soft tissue laser therapy, Chao Pinhole Technique, and others.
Before we begin treatment, we will take advantage of local anesthesia to numb your gum tissue, which will ensure that you feel pain-free and comfortable.
After the anesthetic has worn off, you may have a little bit of soreness. However, pain medication you find at the store should be able to manage this discomfort.
During the early stages of gingivitis, the damage done to gums is easily reversible. However, when it has progressed to advanced periodontitis, the infection attacks the jawbone, and the damage may be too severe, which means we may not be able to save the natural teeth.
If the infection has reached this point in your smile and periodontal therapy is not a realistic option, we will need to extract certain teeth and talk about filling in the vacated sockets—after complete healing has taken place. Your lost teeth may be replaced by dental implants, dentures, or a dental bridge, depending on your needs.
Fortunately, many dental insurance companies include benefits for periodontal therapy. We encourage you, however, to look through your plan and understand about how much treatment will cost out-of-pocket. These treatments may be labeled as either “minor” or “major,” which determines what amount they will agree to pay. It’s usually between 50 and 80 percent of the total cost.
The cost also depends on whether you’ve met your deductible. You should also consider the annual maximum you have left. At Grand Dental – Naperville, we can help you understand your benefits and work with you to make whatever treatment you need more affordable.