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Periodontics: Keeping Gums Healthy in Chicago

We all know that caring for teeth is important. However, gum health is often overlooked, which may result in complications if left untreated. Your gums play a vital role in your oral health, and they deserve as much care and attention as your teeth.

Periodontics focuses on dental care that goes beyond the teeth to promote overall dental well-being. We at PerioCare Periodontal Medicine and Dental Implant Surgery have helped patients across Chicago achieve exemplary oral health. 

Dr. Russell Cecala uses his decades of professional experience to provide his patients with expert periodontal care, leading them to better long-term dental health and quality of life. Experience the difference at PerioCare by scheduling an appointment today!

Signs and Stages of Gum Disease

The most common cause of periodontal disease is bacterial plaque, which can become situated below the gum line and harden into tartar. The gums respond with inflammation – this is known as gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease.

Gums with gingivitis are red and puffy, sensitive to touch and temperature, and bleed easily. If these symptoms are not addressed, the disease progresses to the next stage, periodontitis. In this form, bacteria create pockets of infection beneath the gum line, causing the soft tissue fibers to pull away from the teeth. The bacteria can attack bone and connective tissue, resulting in serious risk of tooth loss.

Early symptoms of gum disease can be easy to miss or ignore, which means many people do not seek treatment for gum disease until it has advanced. Early detection and treatment can significantly reduce the care and expense needed to restore gums to a healthy state.

Periodontal Treatment Options

Dr. Cecala and his team take great care to examine the gums and the supporting bone to determine the appropriate treatment. PerioCare provides the full spectrum of periodontal treatments, including:

  • Deep Cleanings
  • Scaling and Root Planing
  • Complex Periodontal Treatment (Gum and Bone Grafting)
  • Pocket Reduction Surgery
  • Antibiotic Therapy
  • Aesthetic Contouring

Dr. Cecala takes a patient’s overall well-being into account when considering treatment. If tooth loss has occurred, PerioCare offers a multitude of dental implant options to restore optimal oral health. We also take the time to educate patients on effective practices and what they can do at home to keep their gums in good condition.

Patient-Focused Periodontics in Chicago

At PerioCare, we believe that every aspect of a patient’s visit is important to ensure a positive experience receiving periodontal treatment. Our friendly and professional staff make every effort to help our patients feel comfortable and informed every step of the way. We value our patients like family, and tailor each dental service to the individual.

We look forward to putting our skills to your service. Make an appointment with our office today.


Let our dedicated specialists help you achieve your ideal smile!