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By Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, PC
April 25, 2017
Category: Oral Health

For many people the loss of teeth is associated with aging, however, others may have issues with their teeth because of ignored signs of gum diseaseperiodontal disease. Don’t be that person! One of the best ways to avoid developing gum disease is through preventative dental care from your LaGrange, Illinois family dentist Dr. James Maragos. Many times, individuals don’t even know they have any symptoms of the disease. This makes regular dental examinations and cleanings imperative.

Signs of Periodontal Disease

If someone doesn’t follow regular oral hygiene routine, they will develop early signs of the disease known as gingivitis. If this is left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis, which causes bone loss around the teeth. After this bone tissue is lost, the gums will detach from the teeth and form pockets that can lead to infection. As the disease gets worse, it can lead to more bone loss and later, tooth loss. The good news is that it can be controlled with professional dental care from your Lagrange, Illinois family dentist Dr. Maragos.

Knowing the signs of periodontal disease is very important. Some of the most common ones include (and not limited to):

  • Receding/bleeding gums
  • Abscesses
  • Redness/swelling of the gums
  • Bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Teeth sensitivity

Treatment for periodontal disease includes plaque removal, scaling or root planing from a dental professional. In the most severe cases, surgery may be required. Ultimately, the type of treatment that is used to treat periodontal disease will depend on the severity and the stage of the gum disease as well as the patient’s existing tooth/gum structure.

In order to schedule an important appointment with your family dentist Dr. Maragos, call his office in LaGrange, Illinois today at (708) 352-7358. A dental professional can help you from progressing to dangerous stages of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss.

By Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, PC
December 17, 2016
Category: Oral Health
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Periodontal (gum) disease is a serious matter. Not only can it wreak havoc with your gums, it could also cause bone loss in the jaw that supports your teeth.

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that originates from a thin film of food particles on tooth surfaces called plaque. If you're not diligent about removing plaque through daily brushing and flossing, it can become a feeding ground for certain strains of bacteria that trigger gum infections. Left untreated, the disease can advance deeply into the teeth's supporting structures.

We're particularly concerned about furcations, the specific locations where multiple roots of a tooth fork or separate. When these locations become infected we call it a furcation involvement or invasion. The bone along the furcation will begin to deteriorate and dissolve, following a progression of stages (or classes) we can measure by probing the gum tissue or through x-ray evaluation:

  • Class I: the furcation feels like a groove, but without any noticeable bone loss;
  • Class II: a depression of about two or more millimeters develops indicating definite bone loss;
  • Class III:  bone loss now extends from one side of the root to the other, also known as “through and through.”

Treating furcation involvements can prove challenging because the infection is usually well below the gum line (sub-gingival). As with all gum disease treatment, our primary approach is to remove all plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) where we find it, including around the roots. We typically use specially shaped instruments to clean the root surfaces. We can also employ an ultrasonic device that loosens plaque and calculus with high-frequency vibrations and flushed away with water.

Sometimes, we may need to surgically access involved furcations to clean them and stimulate bone growth with grafting. We can also use surgery to make the areas easier to clean — both for you and for us during your regular office cleanings — to prevent reoccurrences of infection.

Of course, preventing gum disease in the first place is your best defense against oral problems like furcation bone loss. Be sure you brush and floss every day, and visit us for thorough cleanings at least twice a year (unless we recommend more). This will help make sure not only your gums, but the bone that supports your teeth stays healthy.

If you would like more information on treating periodontal (gum) disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “What are Furcations?



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