Thank you for visiting the website of Dr. Michael L Bolden DDS. Many patients come in for gum disease Prospect Heights procedures. Gum disease is prevalent in many Americans today, but it doesn’t have to be. Patients can prevent gum disease with proper brushing and flossing as well as checkups. Prevention is key to keeping gum disease is like gingivitis and periodontitis at bay. We are urge patients to come in for an annual exam each year as that helps us to clean in between the teeth and gums, and to get rid of plaque and tartar build-up, which can contribute to gum disease. Plaque and tartar is one of the main reasons gum disease starts. For patients who have pockets in the gums that are deep, we may request a periodontal cleaning. This allows us to get an even deeper into the flaps under the gums where bacteria tends to hide.
A regular oral exam and an annual teeth cleaning is important to keeping the mouth healthy. Cleanings help remove food and bacteria that have been trapped in between teeth and gums. A dental cleaning can also help remove plaque and tartar from teeth and can help our dentist get to places in between gums that regular brushing alone can’t. Gingivitis and gum disease Prospect Heights can often happen as a result of not flossing or brushing properly. If annual cleanings are not performed, plaque and tartar can build up. Over time, food and bacteria get trapped in between teeth and gums, causing damage to tooth enamel. Gums may swell or even get infected.
If a tooth has become severely decayed due to gum disease Prospect Heights, it may need to be extracted. In order to save a tooth from removal, we can also can perform a root canal. Root canals are also known as endodontic therapy. The goal of a root canal is to save the tooth so that an extraction is not needed and teeth are not missing.