Understanding Periodontal Disease at Magical Smiles, Plainfield, IL
Welcome to Magical Smiles, the home of comprehensive dental care in Plainfield, IL. One area of our expertise lies in addressing periodontal disease, a common but serious gum infection that can lead to severe complications if left untreated. Here, we delve into what periodontal disease is, its causes, and how our dedicated team, led by Dr. Vineet Sharma, can help you maintain your oral health.
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, begins as a bacterial infection in the mouth that can progress and potentially lead to tooth loss due to the destruction of the tissue that surrounds your teeth. It often starts as gingivitis, characterized by red, swollen gums that bleed easily. Without appropriate care, it can escalate to periodontitis, leading to gums pulling away from the teeth and forming pockets that become infected.
Causes of Periodontal Disease
Our mouths are full of bacteria, which, combined with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless “plaque” on teeth. While brushing and flossing can get rid of this plaque, it can harden and form “tartar” that regular brushing doesn’t clean. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tartar.
Several factors can enhance the likelihood of developing periodontal disease, including smoking, hormonal changes in women, diabetes, other illnesses and their treatments, and genetic susceptibility.
Treating Periodontal Disease
At Magical Smiles, we provide personalized, effective treatment plans to manage periodontal disease, aiming to control the infection and halt the progression of the disease. Depending on the severity of your condition, treatment options can range from non-surgical therapies that control bacterial growth to surgical treatments to restore supportive tissues.
Non-surgical treatments include professional dental cleaning and scaling and root planing. This deep-cleaning, non-surgical procedure involves removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line (scaling) and smoothing rough spots on the tooth root (planing), which can remove bacteria and provide a clean surface for the gums to reattach to the teeth.
If non-surgical treatments don’t restore your oral health, we may recommend surgical treatments such as flap surgery or bone and tissue grafts. Rest assured, Dr. Sharma and our skilled team prioritize patient comfort and utilize state-of-the-art technologies for all procedures.
Affordable Pricing and Insurance Options
At Magical Smiles, we strive to provide high-quality, affordable periodontal treatment. We accept a wide range of insurance plans and offer flexible payment options for patients without insurance. We believe that everyone deserves access to quality dental care, regardless of their financial circumstances. Our team is here to help you navigate insurance claims and provide clarity on our cost structures.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you’re experiencing signs of periodontal disease, don’t delay treatment. Early intervention is key to preserving your oral health and beautiful smile. We welcome you to join our family at Magical Smiles, where Dr. Sharma and our experienced team provide top-tier, patient-centered dental care.
Reach out to us today at (815) 436-2406 to schedule your appointment. Let us partner with you on your journey to optimal oral health and the confidence that comes with a healthy, magical smile.