Periodontal Care In Evanston
Gum disease is one of the most common oral health problems in America, and it affects nearly half of American adults. At our office, Dr. Paul Fischl and Dr. Marie Bradley Fischl provide expert periodontal care in Evanston. If you notice blood while you brush and floss, inflamed gums, or a receding gum line, contact us today to discuss periodontal care! With proper treatment for gum disease, you can restore your oral health and prevent further damage.
What Is Periodontal (Gum) Disease?
Periodontal disease is an infection and inflammation of the gums. The condition is caused by improper oral hygiene, though genetics can also play a role. If you do not brush and floss properly, plaque and tartar will build up and eventually attack your gums and underlying tissue.
The best way to prevent gum disease is to brush and floss twice a day, and to visit our office for six-month cleanings. With proper oral care, you’ll never have to worry about developing gum disease.
What’s The Difference Between Gingivitis & Gum Disease?
Gingivitis is the term used to refer to the first stage of gum disease. This stage of the disease is relatively mild, and it does not cause any permanent damage to your teeth or gums. With proper periodontal care from Fischl Dental Associates and positive oral hygiene habits, gingivitis can be completely eliminated.
However, if gingivitis is not treated in time, it will progress to a more advanced stage of gum disease, which will cause irreversible damage to your mouth. Gum disease can be controlled with proper care to prevent further damage, but it can never be completely eliminated. This is why it’s so important to get care for gum disease early.
Recognizing Signs & Symptoms of Gum Disease
Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, has relatively minor symptoms. You may notice issues like swollen, puffy or spongy gums, gum discoloration (reddish or purplish gums), gum sensitivity, halitosis (persistent bad breath) and bleeding when brushing or flossing.
As gum disease progresses, the symptoms will become more severe. Your teeth may become very sensitive or appear longer due to gum recession. You may also experience pain when chewing, and your teeth may begin to shift or loosen. If you recognize any of these symptoms, schedule a consultation with Fischl Dental Associates right away.
Your Periodontal Care Options For Gum Disease
The first step in treating gum disease is usually a deep cleaning (also known as “scaling and root planing”). This treatment involves using special dental tools to clean plaque and tartar from between your gums and teeth, and to smooth the roots of your teeth where bacteria tend to collect. You may also be prescribed antibiotics to help fight the infection.
In more serious cases of gum disease, surgical intervention may be required to graft more tissue onto your gums or clean the roots of your mouth more thoroughly. Dr. Fischl can discuss these procedures in more detail during your appointment.
Contact Us For Periodontal Care In Evanston Today!
If you believe you may have gum disease, don’t wait. Schedule an appointment today! The sooner you get treatment for gum disease, the better the outcome will be. Contact us at (847) 864-0822 to get started, or stop by our office at 636 Church Street, Suite 200 W, Evanston, IL 60201 to schedule your appointment in person.