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Periodontal Therapy Fox Lake, IL

Periodontal Therapy An Overview

An estimated 80% of Americans suffer from some form of periodontal or gum disease. Luckily, if the condition is caught early, it is extremely treatable and even reversible.

The team at Infinity Dental of Fox Lake can diagnose and treat gum disease very easily through routine visits. Dr. Prendergast looks for the early warning signs of developing gum disease during all routine visits.

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What are the signs of gum disease?

Some patients do not have obvious symptoms of gum disease and may not realize they have it until the later stages when damage to the gums affects the teeth or gums become significantly irritated. A tell-tale sign of gum disease is sore or bleeding gums.

Even with aggressive brushing, your teeth or gums should not bleed. If you have any of these common signs of gum disease, please contact Dr. Prendergast for an appointment:

  • Bleeding, red, swollen, or sore gums
  • Receding gums (teeth look longer)
  • Shifting of teeth or tooth loss
  • Mouth sores
  • Constant bad breath

What causes gum disease?

Although there is no single factor contributing to gum disease, common causes include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Hormonal changes, such as pregnancy or menopause
  • Stress
  • Certain medications
  • Teeth grinding
  • Poor nutrition

Periodontal Therapy What to Expect

Gum Disease Treatment

The recommended treatment for gum disease is dependent upon the stage and severity of disease as well as any other factors impacting your dental health.

Dr. Prendergast takes a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease to ensure a stable and lasting result. From personalized oral hygiene recommendations to referrals to a specialist in advanced cases, treatment is designed to restore gum health and avoid the permanent effects of this progressive disease.


Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease that is typically characterized by red, swollen irritated gums. This is the only stage that’s reversible. It is typically caused by bacteria in the plaque that builds up around your gums. If you’re bleeding or have sore gums due to gingivitis, a thorough cleaning to remove plaque can treat the condition.

Antibacterial washes may be recommended and consistent dental hygiene will prevent future buildup. These treatments are usually successful and will help avoid further infection and damage.

Early Periodontitis

When left untreated, gingivitis will eventually develop into periodontitis. This is a more advanced stage of gum disease and it can’t be reversed at this point. The bacteria in the plaque actually cause the gums to become infected which will result in damage to the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth.

Scaling and root planing are usually used at this stage. The pockets that have begun to form at the gumline will get thoroughly cleaned out. Your tooth roots are smoothed down so that the gums can reattach properly to the bone.

Moderate Periodontitis

Scaling and root planing are also the solutions for this more progressed form of periodontitis. More bacteria accumulate and begin attacking your bloodstream as well as your bone. The bacteria are able to get deeper into your body.

Severe Periodontitis

At this stage, the gum infection has completely evolved into a bacteria-causing disease. Your gums ooze pus, chewing is painful, and your teeth may be loose or falling out. At this point, the only treatment that can help is gum surgery.

Schedule a Dental Exam & Periodontal Consultation

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease or have not had a regular checkup in the past 6 months, make an appointment with one of the dentists at Infinity Dental of Fox Lake today. It is extremely important to catch gum disease early in order to prevent extensive treatment.

Periodontal Therapy FAQs

Can gums recover from gum disease?

Gums do not recover from gum disease. Once your gums are damaged by periodontal disease they will not reform or grow back. Treating gum disease can prevent the issue from getting worse, but it will not help gums recover or heal any past damage.

Can salt water rinse heal gum infection?

Salt water rinses are commonly used to heal gum infection. Salt water rinse has been shown to be an effective way to soothe inflamed gums from gum disease. The combination of salt and warm water draws infection out of the gums.

Will I lose my teeth if I have periodontal disease?

Some patients with periodontal disease may end up losing some teeth. Periodontal disease is serious and can cause damage to soft tissue that may result in destruction of the bone supporting one’s teeth. This may cause teeth to become loose or fall out.

Can I reverse gingivitis?

Yes, you can reverse gingivitis by being more proactive with your oral hygiene routine. If your gums bleed when you brush, begin flossing before brushing. Then, gently brush your teeth and gums with non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Over time, you should see a difference in your gum health.

Is gum disease contagious?

No, gum disease is not contagious. You cannot spread gum disease to another person.

Do I need to visit the dentist more often if I have gum disease?

We may recommend visiting our office for more frequent and thorough dental cleanings if you have gum disease. These preventative cleanings keep your oral health in check as decay-causing bacteria can re-emerge in patients with chronic gum disease. We will provide a dental cleaning schedule for you to ensure that you can comfortably live with chronic gum disease.