Moskin Dental Associates
Kimberly Chan, DDS
Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Lincoln Square, Chicago, IL
Dr. Chan has obtained extensive training and experience in the treatment of periodontal disease. At the practice, Dr. Chan is able to diagnose and treat periodontal, or gum, disease effectively. For Chicago area patients, Dr. Chan offers state-of-the-art gum treatment procedures to keep patient’s mouth healthy and strong.
Periodontal Disease Q & A
What is Periodontics?
Periodontics is an area of dental study which includes the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease as well as gum disease prevention. Treatments used to keep gums healthy include regular cleaning methods and deep cleaning options such as root planing and scaling. Gum grafts and osseous surgery which replaces lost gum and bone tissue also fall under the category of periodontics.
What Causes Gum Disease?
Gum, or periodontal, disease can develop when bacteria which normally occurs in the mouth builds up along the gum line. This area can be difficult for people to clean and frequently the bacteria hide under hardened plaque, called tartar, between the teeth, and along the top of teeth when the gum meets the tooth. As the number of bacteria goes up, it releases toxins which cause the tissue of the gums to recede from the tooth surface. When the gums shrink back or recede, more of the tooth surface is exposed to harmful bacteria. When left untreated the bacteria can reach the tooth root and cause an infection which loosens the tooth. This can cause tooth loss.
What Symptoms Are Associated with Gum Disease?
Gum disease can cause a number of symptoms and it will depend on how far along the disease has progressed. In the earlier stages, it usually causes few symptoms. As the disease progresses the symptoms can include:
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Red, tender, swollen gums
- Bleeding gums, especially when brushing
- Tooth pain
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Deep infections or abscesses near tooth roots
Periodontal disease is the number one cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S. Going to the dentist for regular cleanings and exams is the best way to ensure both your teeth and gums are healthy. Exams should take place every six months. Avoiding sugary foods and beverages which bacteria love also helps to prevent gum disease.
Moskin Dental accepts a wide variety of insurance plans.
Words from our patients
Every single person I came into contact with was extremely thorough. Every one of my questions was answered with confidence.
Great doctor - very friendly, great service, thorough and helps patients understand what's being done and what needs to be done. Never had a better dentist!
Dr. Chan and her staff are very kind and reassuring. I got my teeth cleaned and also had a cavity filled. The process was very fast with minimal pain.
All the hygienists are very nice and helpful, always chatting with you to make the experience more comfortable and enjoyable. They know you by name.
I am a long time patient of this dental office and all I have to say is wonderful things about them.