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Gum disease — also defined as pyorrhea and periodontal disease — is an infection of the gums that hurts teeth when left untreated. Recognizing how this ailment impacts much of the population can help motivate and prep you to battle its damaging effects.

Although we frequently group periodontal sicknesses under the umbrella term “periodontal disease,” those words can apply to different levels of sicknesses. These conditions include gingivitis, periodontitis, aggressive periodontitis and chronic periodontitis.

The less severe level of periodontal disease, called gingivitis, causes gums to swell and bleed. Fortunately, gingivitis is curable with treatment from a dentist. Gingivitis may progress to periodontitis if tartar is not removed from the gums over time. In periodontitis, tartar spreads underneath the gums, and acids in the tartar weaken and inflame the gums to form acid-filled pockets which decay bone and loosen pearly whites.

Treatment options for periodontal disease might differ with the seriousness of the infection, but control and reversal are the goals of any treatment. Treatments may include deep cleaning, laser service, medications, bone/tissue grafts, tissue stimulation and flap surgery.

Our mission is to keep your chompers clean and to reverse harm from tooth-decaying bacteria. Please call our office today at 312-236-9895 to schedule a checkup with Dr. Eli J. Lawrence and the Eli Lawrence, DDS team in Chicago, Illinois.