Periodontal Service & Care
Periodontal Disease Treatment & Diagnosis
Periodontal Maintenance Cleaning
Crown Lengthening Surgery
Periodontal Health Northbrook Illinois
Periodontics involves the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease. A periodontist is a dentist who has spent substantial time in specialized training in the field of periodontics. Our periodontist has the expertise and experience to help you keep your teeth, gums, and jaw healthy, functional, and beautiful.
We commonly treat patients who are dealing with one or a combination of the following conditions:
- Periodontal disease
- Bacterial infection in the gums
- Bleeding, red, or swollen gums
- Receding jawbone
- Localized gum recession or excess gum tissue
- Loosening teeth
- Tooth root exposure
- Tooth root damage
What is Peridontal disease? Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects approximately 35% of individuals over 30 years of age in the US. It is generally caused by a build-up of plaque, which contains bacteria and toxins. The plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) irritate the gum tissue. This irritation is exacerbated by toxins that are produced by the bacteria and enzymes which your body produces as an inflammatory response. This natural response may destroy the supporting bone around the teeth. The gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets. These can fill with more plaque and lead to continued bone loss. Teeth can become loose and eventually lost if not treated. Daily cleaning to remove the plaque is essential to a healthy mouth and can help to prevent periodontal disease.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
Periodontal Checkup & Maintenance Care
At Northbrook Periodontics & Implants we know that periodontal treatment is an ongoing concern which requires a personalized maintenance care program. Thi custom-made programs we provide have been developed by John Vickery, D.D.D., P.C. is designed to help keep periodontal disease under control.
Together with this periodontal maintenance, we can keep the disease at bay and promote healthier gum tissue and protect the bones that support your teeth. You play a vital role in the success of a maintenance program by adhering to a solid at-home hygiene routine. During your regular visits, we provide helpful advice and an evaluation of your routine.
Despite a regular hygiene routine consisting of brushing and flossing, bacterial plaque may still build up. Dr. John Vickery along with your general dentist need to regularly care for this build-up to prevent the recurrence of gum disease.
Your regular exam should include:
At Northbrook Periodontics & Implants we offer both surgical and non-surgical treatment of Periodontal Disease. Once a completed diagnosis, we will develop a treatment plan appropriate for your specific case. This treatment plan and all phases of it will be communicated and coordinated with your general dentist. The following are different treatment procedures offered by Dr. John Vickery, D.D.S., P.C.
Periodontal Scaling & Root Planing
This process involves a deep cleaning of the gum pockets, where the causative agents of periodontal disease; plaque and tartar are removed from the teeth. This treatment allows for healing of your gum tissue and reattachment to the teeth.
Pocket Reduction Surgery
Osseous surgery is a gum pocket reduction procedure during which infected bone and gum tissue will be removed and areas where bacteria can hide will be cleaned and smoothed out. This procedure allow for your gums to better reattach to healthy bone and eliminate gum pockets.
Severe gum disease doesn’t just result in lost teeth—it can also affect the surrounding area. Tooth extraction prevents infections from spreading and averts additional tooth loss.
If you have periodontitis, the tooth removal procedure is similar to most other types of tooth extraction.