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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:

Before and After Allodern Gum Grafting
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AlloDerm® Dental Gum 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® gum grafting 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® gum grafting applications are used to reduce post-operation complications, cover dental roots and aid in augmentation around dental implants.

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.

Before and After Alloderm Gum Grafting
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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.