Gum Disease & Periodontal Services in the Belvidere/Rockford Area

Your Gums And The Role They Play In Your Smile

You likely know that your teeth are important to your daily life, but what’s important to understand is that your gums are just as vital. Your gums are the foundation of your smile and they need to be in top shape to keep your teeth strong and your mouth healthy. However, just like other parts of your smile, your gums can become vulnerable to infection, including gum disease. When your gums are at risk of or have been affected by gum disease, the Belvidere dentists at Chapko & Shah Modern dentistry offer gum disease and periodontal services to prevent and treat gum disease. 

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, more formally known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums and other structures in your mouth that support your teeth. Gum disease is most often caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar, substances that occur when food particles mix with the bacteria in your mouth. 

Plaque and tartar stick to your teeth and gums and usually accumulate in places where it’s hard for a toothbrush and floss to reach, including beneath the gum line. The bacteria in these substances feed on the sugars in the buildup, produce acid as waste, and attack the hard and soft tissues in your smile. 

Other causes of gum disease include:

  • Diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, and osteoporosis
  • Sugar-rich diets
  • Tobacco products
  • Clenching and grinding your teeth (bruxism)
  • Certain medications
  • Malnutrition
  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Pregnancy 

Signs of Gum Disease

The first step in treating gum disease is to recognize the signs. You should contact Chapko & Shah Modern Dentistry by dialing (815) 544-5144 if you notice any of the following signs: 

  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Bite changes
  • Partial dentures or bridges not fitting correctly
  • Defective fillings 
  • Bad breath (persistent)
  • Metal taste in your mouth
  • Pus between gums/teeth
  • A sore that does not improve after 2 weeks
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Gums that recede or pull away from your teeth

Stages of Gum Disease

Gum disease is best treated in the early stages because as the disease progresses, it takes more procedures and more aggressive treatments to improve your oral health. Depending on the stage of gum disease you’re experiencing, our periodontal services will vary. The stages of gum disease are as follows:

Gingivitis – Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and also the easiest to treat. Normally, the damage done by gingivitis can be treated and reversed with better oral hygiene and a few extra dental exams. However, this doesn’t mean gingivitis should be ignored, because this stage can progress to initial periodontitis if left untreated. 

Initial Periodontitis – Initial periodontitis is the next stage of gum disease, where the infection begins to attack your oral structures. This stage is usually characterized by minor pain and tenderness and bleeding when you brush and floss your teeth. While the damage can’t be reversed, it should still be relatively easy for your Belvidere dentists to treat with more frequent dental exams, deep cleaning sessions, and better oral hygiene. 

Moderate Periodontitis – Moderate periodontitis is very similar to initial periodontitis, except there’s more advanced damage to the ligaments and bones attaching your teeth to your gums. Additionally, the bacteria causing the infection can enter your bloodstream through your gums. This can lead to the infection reaching other parts of your body, which may explain the possible link between gum disease and heart disease

Advanced Periodontitis Advanced periodontitis is the most advanced stage of gum disease. You’re likely to notice severe pain and bad breath, as well as loosening teeth. At this stage, you’ll likely need multiple treatments and surgical procedures to save your smile. 

Periodontal Services At Chapko & Shah Modern Dentistry

Our Belvidere dentists offer various periodontal services that can be used by themselves or in combination to prevent and treat different stages of gum disease. Some of the periodontal services may offer are as follows:

Root Planing and Scaling – Root planing and scaling is a minimally invasive deep cleaning procedure. During the scaling phase, your Belvidere dentist will remove the excess plaque and tartar from beneath your gum line and around your teeth. In the root planing phase, your roots will be smoothed to help prevent bacteria from reaccumulating and to help your gums reattach to your teeth. Not only does this help prevent reinfection, it drastically improves the appearance of your smile. 

Antibiotics – Antibiotics are medications that fight bacterial infections. Oral antibiotics come in the form of a pill while topical antibiotics are applied to the affected area. Antibiotics can be used in combination with other procedures to increase the effectiveness of your treatment. 

Gum Grafting and Bone Grafting – Gum grafting and bone grafting are supplemental procedures that can help restore your smile after gum disease and help protect it against further damage. Bone grafting involves transplanting bone from another source into your jaw to replace missing bone mass. Gum grafting involves taking soft tissues from inside your mouth and attaching them to areas where gum tissue is lacking.

Pocket Reduction – Pocket reduction is a lot like root planing and scaling, except the process is more involved. Your Belvidere dentist will pull your gums away from the roots and bones before removing bacterial buildup and diseased gum tissue. The bones and roots will be smoothed and reshaped to help prevent bacteria from accumulating there in the future. Then, they’ll reattach the gum tissue back onto the bone with sutures in a way that reduces the depth of the pockets between your gums and your teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Chapko & Shah Modern Dentistry

140 N State St.
Belvidere, IL 61008

Office Hours

Mon
9am – 6pm
Tue
8am – 6pm
Wed
8am – 6pm
Thu
8am – 4pm
Fri
8am – 12pm
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