About Periodontal Treatments
Periodontal (gum) disease is a swelling of the gum tissue, which can bring about serious consequences, like infection or tooth loss if it is not identified and correctly treated. The three levels of gum disease are gingivitis (first stage), periodontitis (second stage), and advanced periodontitis (final stage). During each patient's annual dental exams at DentalWorks - Chicago Loop in Chicago, IL, our dentists will check for gum disease, but common signs include red, swollen gums; bleeding while flossing or brushing; receded or separated gums; and persistent bad breath. Depending on the stage of gum disease when it is identified, our dentists at DentalWorks - Chicago Loop provides surgical and nonsurgical treatment methods: scaling and root planing, antibiotics, gum surgery, gum tissue grafting, and tooth extraction.
"Dr. Patel is, hands down, one of the best dentists in Chicago. I haven't lived in Chicago since 2016 (I'm currently based in Boston) but I always fly back for my bi-yearly visits because I haven't been able to find anyone as amazing, nice, and honest as Dr. Patel. I've seen dentists who have lied that I needed to fill cavities that never existed or tried to convince me to get a $250 deep gum cleaning (whatever that is), but Dr. Patel has been always honest about the health of my teeth. I promise he's one of the good guys. Also, I saw a review here saying that Dr. Patel became upset when a patient said she would be seeking a second opinion... that seems like an exaggeration and frankly, a lie. I've done that twice to him in regards to a root canal procedure and a cavity fill, and he's always encouraged me to seek the opinions of other dentists."- N.L. / Yelp / Sep 13, 2018
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"I chose DentalWorks because of the wonderful reviews that I read online. Dr. Patel is my dentist. He's kind and sensitive to the needs of the patient. I told him "I want my smile back...". With that, he devised a plan that I agreed to and have already gotten started on. Besides my initial visit for consultation and xrays. I've only had three visits to date. But I can truly say, I had "NO PAIN!" (Just pinch that come with deadening the gums which they treat first with a solution)Dr. Patel explains what he's doing as he works through the procedure. I couldn't tell a tooth had been extracted. I had several extractions and several fillings so far. When Dr. Patel comes in the room, he greets you and make you feel comfortable and tells you a lil about the procedure he's about to do. The cost for my plan is quite $$$... to have everything done. But in the end, its going to make me not only look better, but feel better about myself and that makes it worth it! The staff and assistants are very professional, kind and just nice people.Thank you, Dr. Patel for being kind, fun and putting me at ease during my visits. I'm happy I chose DentalWorks."- G.V. / Google / Jul 14, 2018
What to Expect
Periodontal disease can vary from mild to severe and our dentists will select the best treatment considering the patient's stage. One of the most common and easiest gum treatments performed is scaling and root planing (SRP), which is a nonsurgical deep cleaning of the plaque and tartar in the gum pockets. Our dentists may add a round of antibiotics with the scaling and root planing service to minimize inflammation if the gum disease is more advanced. For the third stage of periodontal disease, our dentists will generally chose a surgical treatment: laser gum surgery, regenerative procedures, and pocket reduction.
Due to the chronic nature of gum disease, patients typically require maintenance care which includes at home therapy and more frequent visits to the dentist. The most cutting edge at home therapy is a tray delivery system known as PerioProtect. This tray is custom fitted to you and made to deliver medication. This helps keep the infection at bay in the comfort of your own home. Click here for more information on PerioProtect.
Once the gums are healthy again from the patient's periodontal procedure, it is important that the patient maintain a good oral care routine at home to avoid a return of periodontal disease. Patients should talk to our dentists about a home routine, including proper brushing, flossing, and any other products our dentists recommend. Patients also need to visit DentalWorks - Chicago Loop at least twice each year for a dental cleaning and at least once a year for a dental examination with our dentists.
Typically, dental insurance companies will cover periodontal procedures for gum disease, however the amount of coverage can change based on the patient's policy. At the patient's consultation, our dentists can talk about out-of-pocket costs, payment methods, and current financing plans.
Plan Your Procedure
Gum disease can cause larger health concerns, so if you notice symptoms (i.e. bleeding, red, or inflamed gums) please contact DentalWorks - Chicago Loop in Chicago, IL as soon as possible to schedule a consultation with our dentists. DentalWorks - Chicago Loop will use our experience and knowledge to diagnose and heal your oral health condition.