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Periodontal Disease

Brian P. Danielewicz, DDS

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Libertyville, IL & Antioch, IL

Experienced dentist Brian P. Danielewicz, DDS, has extensive knowledge of periodontal disease and knows that with the right effective dental care, it can be prevented. With two convenient locations in Libertyville and Antioch, Illinois, Dr. Danielewicz offers innovative preventive dental care and a spectrum of treatment options for periodontal disease. Ease your mind by protecting your gums, teeth, mouth, and smile with the best possible dental technology and personalized care. Call or schedule online today.

Periodontal Disease Q & A

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease is an infection in your gums that’s typically caused by plaque — a sticky bacterial film that builds up and hardens on your teeth.

Unhealthy gums can have detrimental results for your mouth and are even associated with serious diseases like coronary artery disease, arthritis, and stroke.

How do I know if I need periodontal care?

Periodontal disease usually comes along with telling symptoms, such as:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Receding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Sore, painful, and sensitive gums and teeth
  • Tooth loss

You might have periodontal disease if you notice these symptoms and they don’t subside. It’s important you seek treatment immediately with Dr. Danielewicz to preserve your gums and keep all of your teeth.

Am I at risk of getting periodontal disease?

Certain factors can heighten your risk of developing periodontal disease, such as:

  • Smoking
  • Eating excessive amounts of sugary foods
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Obesity
  • Old age
  • Drug abuse
  • A poor diet and nutrient deficiencies
  • Genetics
  • Hormone changes

If several of these apply to you, you would benefit from more regular dental cleanings and checkups with Dr. Danielewicz.

What are my treatment options for periodontal disease?

In many cases, periodontal disease can be avoided. Periodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on the health of the gums and other structures in your mouth that surround your teeth. A periodontist like Dr. Danielewicz can monitor your gum health and treat the diseases that affect them.

Don’t miss your professional teeth cleanings, preventive care, and gum treatments with him. Also, be sure to floss daily and brush twice a day and pay close attention to any changes in your teeth and gums.

Dr. Danielewicz can discuss treatment options and help you determine the best way to prevent periodontal disease, take care of existing periodontal disease, and protect your dental health.

Dr. Danielewicz devises a personal treatment plan for periodontal disease depending on the severity of the disease and your individual dental health and concerns.

Mild cases of periodontal disease can usually be treated with medications. More progressed cases might require surgery to fully restore your smile. To treat your periodontal disease, Dr. Danielewicz might recommend:

  • Prescription mouthwash
  • Antiseptic chip (a medicated small biodegradable antimicrobial chip inserted into the periodontal pocket)
  • Lifestyle changes (such as nutrition)
  • Flap surgery (surgical pocket reduction)
  • Laser treatment
  • Scaling and root planing
  • Bone grafts
  • Tissue grafts

Dr. Danielewicz always explores all other less invasive options before recommending dental surgery.

If you’re concerned about periodontal disease, rest assured you’re in the best possible hands with Dr. Danielewicz and his friendly medical staff. Call the nearest office or use the convenient online scheduling system.