Periodontal Disease and Bad Breath

Don't Let Gum Disease Claim Your Smile

With intervention, your dentist in Chicago can reverse or reduce the signs of gum disease.

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Preventive Dentistry Helps Prevent Gum Disease

Periodontal Disease in Chicago, IL

Gum infections can destroy your soft tissues, and if it goes untreated, your teeth may loosen and eventually fall out. The dentists at Wicker Park Dental Group offer periodontal disease treatment to clear the infection and restore your oral health as soon as possible.

How gum disease progresses

Your mouth is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and while many of them are harmless, some of them can cause infections that destroy your teeth and gums. Good oral hygiene and professional cleanings can remove bacteria before they cause irreversible damage, but if you aren’t thorough with your brushing and flossing, the bacteria are more difficult to remove. As they feed, they produce toxins that cause swelling in your gums. The swollen gums pull away from your teeth, which allows bacteria to thrive underneath your gum line, where they can form tartar that protects them from your saliva and toothbrush.

The longer you go without treatment, the more damage the bacteria cause to your gums. As the infection gets deeper, it can spread to your tooth root and jawbone and eventually reach your bloodstream. The sooner you get treatment, the easier it will be to address the issue without surgery or tooth extraction. If you have bleeding or swollen gums, persistent bad breath, or sensitivity to your teeth, schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Treatment for periodontal disease

While there is no cure for periodontal disease, the infection can be managed with proper intervention. Deep cleaning and scaling can remove tartar buildup throughout your mouth, and your dentist can encourage gum reattachment through root planing so your teeth can stay protected. Patients with advanced gum disease may need multiple sessions to cleanse the infection fully.

In some cases, damaged gum tissue may need to be removed so your mouth can heal, and if there is significant damage, you may need a procedure to reattach gum tissue to your teeth. Our team is focused on conservative treatments, and we will work with you to avoid surgery whenever possible. Contact our office in Chicago, IL, today at (773) 276-5566 to get the help you need managing periodontal disease.

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Dr. Raj

Dr. Raj of Wicker Park Dental Group finished his Advance Education in General Dentistry at the College of Dental Medicine at Columbia University, where he served as Chief Resident. He received extensive training in implantology and various aspects of dentistry.

Dr. Raj is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and is also Invisalign and soft tissue laser certified. His work in full mouth rehabilitation, dental implant placement, and implant-supported dentures gives patients a reason to smile confidently again. Dr. Raj is also a caring, compassionate dentist who also provides safe, comfortable treatment for geriatric patients and patients with special needs.

In his free time, Dr. Raj enjoys walking, hiking, traveling, cooking, and watching movies with his wife and two kids.


Dr. Gopisetty

Dr. Gopisetty is passionate about giving people brighter and healthier smiles through the use of innovative techniques. By investing in the latest technology and training, Dr. Gopisetty and his team are able to provide patients with the highest level of dental care, from preventative to cosmetic.

Advances in technology and techniques allow for specialized services, including cosmetics, Invisalign®, and guided dental implants. In addition, digital dentistry enables him to provide crowns, veneers, and even bridges without goopy impressions. In his free time, Dr. Gopisetty enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.

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“As a person who hates needles and had bad teeth let me tell you how much I hate the dentist office. Some of my experiences have been so painful I wait until I absolutely have no choice before returning. All of that changed with my experience here! The staff top to bottom front house to back room 5 Star amazing. The doctor so kind so patient explained everything in detail a ton of options. And last but not least … but most important to me little to no pain. Thank the heavens for “ these great people” I’m a customer for life and I look forward to better oral health. Sincerely, ( with a tear of joy ) Orlando.”

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