Diagnosis – Periodontal Disease

Park Ridge, IL Periodontist

Periodontal (gum) disease is the result of too much bacteria building up onto your teeth and gums. When the bacteria start to collect in your mouth, they can create a sticky, colorless substance known as “plaque.” Plaque builds up and sticks to your teeth. If it is not removed during brushing or flossing, the particle can harden and turn into tartar. Over time, plaque and tartar become more difficult to remove at home so a professional cleaning with our hygienists is important for maintaining your oral health and preventing decay and periodontal disease.

The longer the plaque and tartar remain on the teeth, the more harm they can cause to your oral health. Eventually, plaque and tartar will create a mild form of gum disease called gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gum tissue. Ideally, routine cleanings and proper oral care can prevent gingivitis from developing. Once gum disease is prevalent, our team can help maintain the disease and prevent it from progressing.

In cases where gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to a more severe form of periodontal disease. Inflammation affects the soft tissue (gums) and teeth, creating pockets between them. If left untreated, the pockets become deep and can cause teeth to become loose or even fall out.

Symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Sore gums
  • Bleeding while brushing or flossing
  • Loose teeth
  • Halitosis (bad breath)

If you experience any symptoms of gingivitis or periodontal disease, contact our Park Ridge periodontist.