Arlington Heights Dentist – Periodontal Disease

FAQ’s about Periodontal Disease

What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is an inflammation of the gums caused by plaque buildup. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that coats your teeth. If plaque is not removed, it will lead to Gingivitis, or a more severe condition, Periodontitis.

How do you get periodontal disease?
You can get periodontal disease by allowing plaque to collect underneath the gum line. This plaque causes pockets between your gums and teeth. In advanced forms of the disease, teeth become loose and eventually fall out.

How do you treat it?
The main goal of treatment for periodontal disease is to control the infection. Depending on your stage of gum disease, treatment will vary. In most cases, your doctor may recommend a deep cleaning as well as a plan for ongoing maintenance. Sometimes early stages of the disease can be reversed. Like anything, early detection is key to disease control.

Is surgery needed?
In most cases, periodontal disease can be treated without surgery. During your appointment, the doctor will advise the best plan for your treatment.

Will it hurt?
Dr. Vallely and our team are always concerned most with your comfort. While discussing treatment, we will also discuss our methods for ensuring your comfort.

Is it costly?
The cost for periodontal treatment varies. We offer financing and in-house discount plans. We also will help to maximize your insurance benefits.

Who will perform the treatment?
Gum disease treatment may be performed by your hygienist, dentist or in some cases, a periodontal specialist.