Posts for: April, 2021
It often begins without you realizing it—spreading ever deeper into the gums and damaging tissue attachments, teeth and supporting bone in its way. In the end, it could cause you to lose your teeth.
This is periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection caused by dental plaque, a thin biofilm that accumulates on tooth surfaces. It in turn triggers chronic inflammation, which can cause the gum attachments to teeth to weaken. Detaching gum ligaments may then produce diseased voids—periodontal pockets—that can widen the gap between the teeth and the gums down to the roots.
There is one primary treatment objective for gum disease: uncover and remove any and all plaque and tartar (hardened plaque). If the infection has advanced no further than surface gum tissues, it may simply be a matter of removing plaque at or just below the gum line with hand instruments called scalers or ultrasonic equipment.
The disease, however, is often discovered in more advanced stages: The initial signs of swollen, reddened or bleeding gums might have been ignored or simply didn't appear. Even so, the objective of plaque and tartar removal remains the same, albeit the procedures may be more invasive.
For example, we may need to surgically access areas deep below the gum line. This involves a procedure called flap surgery, which creates an opening in the gum tissues resembling the flap of an envelope. Once the root or bone is exposed, we can then remove any plaque and/or tartar deposits and perform other actions to boost healing.
Antibiotics or other antibacterial substances might also be needed for stopping an infection in advanced stages. Some like the antibiotic tetracycline can be applied topically to the affected areas to directly stop inflammation and infection; others like mouthrinses with chlorhexidine might be used to fight bacteria for an extended period.
Although effective, treatment for advanced gum disease may need to continue indefinitely. The better approach is to focus on preventing a gum infection through daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings. And at the first sign of problems with your teeth and gums, see us as soon as possible—the earlier in the disease progression that we can begin treatment, the better the outcome.
If you would like more information on preventing and treating gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Treating Difficult Areas of Periodontal Disease.”
While dental hygiene plays a big role in keeping your smile bright, sometimes it takes more than brushing to achieve your whitest smile.
Aging, smoking, eating and drinking can all cause stains, yellowing, or graying of the teeth, and removing discoloration can be difficult without professional help.
At Roselle Dental Center in Roselle, IL, we offer in-office teeth whitening that produces more intensive and longer-lasting results than you would find from a drugstore whitening kit. Our professional-grade treatments can help you reveal your best and brightest smile.
How can a professional teeth whitening brighten my smile?
Over-the-counter whitening strips and gels can help whiten your teeth if you have minor staining, but treatment at our Roselle, IL, office may be necessary if you have severe discoloration from age, tobacco, or frequent consumption of coffee, tea, or wine. While some forms of tooth discoloration respond better to whitening treatments than others, you will find more dramatic results using an in-office treatment. We use a higher level of hydrogen peroxide than you would find in an at-home kit, so the whitening will be more profound.
Whitening from our Roselle office is also more quickly achieved. Drugstore kits can take weeks or months for full results, while your treatment at our office is quick and the whitening effects are immediately evident. And while at-home kits may require repeating every year to maintain results, our in-office treatments last for up to five years. It is also much safer to come in for a professional whitening treatment because you will be under supervision from your expert dentist.
How can I maintain my teeth whitening?
To help preserve the whiteness and health of your teeth, make sure to continue brushing twice daily, flossing, and rinsing, along with making regular appointments for professional cleanings and dental exams. Ask your dentist if whitening toothpaste would benefit you.
Smile bright with teeth whitening from Roselle Dental Center in Roselle, IL. Call us today at 630-893-4200.