The doctors of Meadows Dental Care have been serving the Palatine, Illinois area since 1979, providing quality treatment and exceptional care to patients of all ages. Meadows Dental Care emphasizes the importance of a taking care of your teeth, and works to educate patients on ways they can improve their oral health. One of the many services our doctors provide is periodontics.

What is Periodontics?

The term “periodontal” means “around the tooth”, and periodontal diseases affect the gums and bones supporting the teeth. Gum diseases can cause inflammation, tooth loss and bone damage. These infections often start when the bacteria in plaque cause gums to get inflamed, but there are other factors that can affect the health of the gums and bones. Some of these less common causes include:

  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy
  • Medications
  • Diabetes
  • Poor Nutrition

Types of Periodontal Diseases

Periodontal diseases can come in many forms. The most common and mildest form of gum disease is gingivitis. Though gums with gingivitis often bleed more easily, and are quick to become red and swollen, there is very little pain or discomfort associated. By carefully following the dental health and hygiene regimens suggested by Meadows Dental Care, the results of gingivitis can easily be reversed.

Unlike gingivitis, periodontitis, another form of periodontal disease, can be aggressive or chronic. Aggressive periodontitis often results in rapid bone destruction and attachment loss. Frequently seen in adults, this form of periodontal disease is one of the most common. Stages of chronic periodontitis can be recognized by gum recession and pocket formation.

How to Treat & Prevent Periodontal Disease

Typically, good oral hygiene and regular visits to Meadows Dental Care can prevent you from getting a periodontal disease. By brushing and flossing the recommended number of times a day, you can keep plaque to a minimum, and professional cleanings 2-4 times a year can keep your teeth healthy.

In extreme cases when non-surgical treatment of a periodontal disease is ineffective, Meadows Dental Care will recommend periodontal surgery. These procedures can include pocket reduction, soft tissue grafts, or bone regeneration. If a tooth has been lost due to periodontal disease, our doctors also offer dental implants for permanent tooth replacement.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

We thank you for choosing Meadows Dental Care for your dental and periodontal needs. We are dedicated to providing personalized, professional care to all of our patients in the Palatine, Illinois area. If you have questions regarding periodontics, or any of our other dental services, please contact our office, and one of our friendly staff members will be happy to assist you. We look forward to hearing from you!