What Are the Benefits of Early Treatment?

Eliminating unpleasant symptoms.
By addressing the source of the problem, we can stop the most immediate side effects, from bleeding gums to bad breath.

Laying foundations for aesthetic results.
Once we have eliminated the risk to your oral health, you can focus on ensuring your smile looks as good as possible.

Minimizing cost.
The sooner gum disease is addressed, the less likely you are to need more expensive treatments, such as gum grafting surgery or dental implants.

So let’s get down to it. What does a typical treatment look like?

Illustration of laser gum disease treatment

Periodontal Disease Is a Common Problem

Illustration demonstrating how common gum disease is in the US.

If you are diagnosed with gum disease, you don't have to feel alone. Periodontal infections are an extremely common problem. According to a 2012 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost half the adult population in the US suffers from gum disease.

So what happens if you don’t get the treatment you need?

Comparison of gums affected by periodontal disease and healthy gums.

Your Health - and Your Money - Are at Stake

Professional treatment is the only reliable solution to eliminate gum disease. While many patients avoid dental care for as long as possible out of anxiety, untreated periodontitis has severe repercussions. The more advanced the condition, the more expensive treatment becomes. In many cases, severe gum disease even leads to tooth and bone loss.

Fortunately, the most effective solution is a simple and noninvasive one. 

Depending on the severity of the case, your dentist may break up treatment over several appointments. 

If Routine Dental Maintenance Has Failed...

Scaling and root planing is the first line of attack against gum disease. Treatment is split into several steps: 

Removal of plaque from above and below gum line with a specialized laser tool

Smoothing out tooth roots to remove potential footholds for future plaque buildup

Frequent checkups to monitor patient recovery

Still not convinced?

Early Treatment for a Healthier Smile

Because gum health is an integral part of your oral health, it is not usually possible to pursue other treatments without first addressing gum disease. Both restorative and cosmetic treatments require healthy gums for the best chance of success. 

Gum disease is a potentially dangerous problem with an easy solution. Every patient should attend regular check-ups with their dentist to ensure that any sign of periodontal disease is caught as early as possible. Schedule an appointment today to learn how to protect your smile.

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Hands down the best dentist I've ever had! Dr. Herlihey always makes sure you're comfortable and taken care of. He even calls the evening of a procedure to make sure you're doing okay and answer any new questions you may have. The staff is always extremely friendly and professional! Such an excellent establishment! Cara N.

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Loves Park Office

2004 E Riverside Blvd Loves Park, IL 61111

Friday and Saturday: by appointment only

More Info Directions (815) 633-3865

Message

Hands down the best dentist I've ever had! Dr. Herlihey always makes sure you're comfortable and taken care of. He even calls the evening of a procedure to make sure you're doing okay and answer any new questions you may have. The staff is always extremely friendly and professional! Such an excellent establishment! Cara N.