Healthy Gums for a Beautiful Smile | Periodontics & Gum Grafting
Many dentists in New Lenox focus on maintaining a healthy mouth by creating straight, white teeth. However, dental gums are just as important for achieving optimal oral health. At Atrium Family Dental Clinic, our dentists are specially trained in the art of periodontics to protect each patient’s gums and appearance.To help our patients maintain proper oral health, we offer periodontic treatment including:
AlloDerm® Dental Grafting
Alloderm® Regenerative Tissue Matrix has been helping thousands of patients since its introduction to dentistry in 1994. Widely accepted for soft tissue applications, AlloDerm® allows rapid increasing of blood supply, white cell migration and cell population. This allows for tissue regeneration for a stronger, more natural gum repair.
AlloDerm® applications are used to reduce post-operation complications, cover dental roots and aid in augmentation around dental implants.
“I recently had Dr. Sudman perform a gum graft on my receding gum line using regenerative tissue. I had been delaying the surgery for years; even though I knew I needed it. The delay was partly due to my reluctance to put myself through what I envisioned to be a miserable experience; both the procedure itself as well as the recovery period.
Well, I want to utilize this space to publicly commend Dr. Sudman and his friendly and supportive staff for not only doing a great job and achieving success, but also for utilizing their knowledge, expertise and professionalism to make the experience a smooth one, rather than what I had envisioned to be a painfully, dreadful one.
The surgery itself wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be. Dr. Sudman and his staff carefully guided me through every step from pre-op education to post-op guidance.
I highly recommend Dr. Sudman and the staff of Atrium Family Dental for all your dental service needs including surgical procedures such as the one I recently had done.”
- Aaron J
Periodontics & Gum Grafting FAQ
What is the difference between Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease?
Gingivitis, also known as gum inflammation, typically arrives in advance of periodontitis (gum disease). However, not all forms of gingivitis leads to periodontitis.
When a patient first has gingivitis, the bacteria in plaque begins to increase, which causes gums to become red and swollen and can lead to bleeding during brushing. While the gums are irritated, the teeth remain attached to their sockets and no bone or tissue damage occurs.
If a dental patient leaves gingivitis untreated, however, it may lead to periodontitis. This can cause the inner layer of the gum and bone to pull away and form pockets, which can collect debris and become infected. As periodontal disease progresses to advanced stages, the pockets begin to get deeper and more gum tissue and bone are ruined. When this occurs, the teeth become loose and can fall out. As a result, gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss for adults.
What are some symptoms of gum disease?
Gum disease can be hard to detect, often progressing painlessly and producing very few signs. However, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it may be a good idea to talk to a periodontal professional at Atrium Family Dental. Symptoms of gum disease can include:
- Receding Gums
- Constant bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
- Bleeding gums during and after brushing teeth
- Red, tender or swollen gums
- Deep pockets between teeth and gums
- Loose or shifting teeth
To learn more about gum disease, or to book a consultation appointment at Atrium Family Dental, please contact us today.
How can Atrium Family Dental treat my gum disease?
There are two non-surgical options available for dental patients who require treatment for gum disease. These include:
Scaling and Root Planing: A deep-cleaning procedure completed under a local anesthetic, scaling and root planing will remove plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line(scaling) and make rough spots on the tooth root smooth (planing).
Laser Therapy: Recent research has demonstrated that the use of laser technology as a complement to scaling and root planing may help to improve the effectiveness of the procedure. At Atrium Family Dental, our team utilizes the Waterlase Dental Laser during periodontal therapy to lessen bleeding, swelling and discomfort.
To learn more about periodontics or gum disease, or to book a consultation appointment at Atrium Family Dental, please contact us today.