Dental Specialists of
South Loop

Frequently Asked Questions

What is periodontal disease?

Swollen and bleeding gums preliminary signs that your gums are infected with bacteria. If action is not taken to protect your gums, the infection will spread. This infection can destroy the structure that supports your teeth in your jawbone. Periodontal diseases are infections of structures surrounding the teeth.

What is a periodontist?

A periodontist specializes in preventing and the treatment of periodontal disease, and the installment of dental implants. A periodontist is also an expert in treatment of oral inflammation. Periodontists will treat more problematic cases such as gum disease. A wide range of treatments are performed by periodontists such as scaling and root planing or root surface debridement. Your periodontist should have extensive training in these areas and should be familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease.

Can my teeth be saved?

With recent advances in periodontal treatment, we are able to treat most teeth with success.

Is surgery required?

No, not everyone will need periodontal surgery if gum disease is treated and controlled early on. Each case is unique and we will make recommendations based on your needs.

Will it hurt?

Our team works hard to be as gentle during treatment as possible. The periodontal exam can be performed with minimum to no discomfort.

Are x-rays required?

Yes, x-rays are required in order to see disease not otherwise visible. You may have your x-rays taken by your dentist forwarded to us.

When will I return to my primary dentist?

Our team will work closely with your dentist. If crowns and fillings are necessary, your general dentist will provide them. Routine visits to your dentist are crucial to periodontal maintenance.

What if I do not not have gum treatment?

Delay in gum treatment can cause further bone loss and greater expenses. If you happen to lose teeth, dentures are never as effective as your natural teeth. It is important to remember that periodontal disease is a progressive disease and a very painful infection.

What will treatment cost?

All patient’s situations are unique. Your periodontist will complete an initial examination before determining your treatment plan and fee. The fee of your treatment will vary greatly depending on the type of problems that exist, complexity, and length of the treatment. The approximate fee is typically determined after the initial visit, however, some initial treatment or further information must be identified before the final treatment plan can be established.

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South Loop Dental Specialists

850 South Wabash, Suite 240
Chicago, IL 60605