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Perfect Dental Smile, Ltd. | Periodontal (gum) disease in Chicago

Perfect Dental Smile


Dr. Basim Shakir, DDS PhD
Dr. Bushra Alazzawi, DDS Med Sci

General and Cosmetic Dentistry

2545 W. Peterson Ave.   773-561-2808
6017 W. Cermak Rd.      708-652-8466

Periodontal (gum) disease

Monday:        10am-5pm
Tuesday:       10am-5pm
Wednesday:  10am-5pm
Thursday:      10am-5pm
Friday:           10am-5pm
Saturday:       10am-4pm
Sunday:          closed

 

Periodontal (gum) disease is insidious. It is an infection of the gums that starts out as plaque, an opaque film on the teeth that hardens to form tartar. As tartar accumulates, it harbors bacteria that attack the soft tissue around the gums. This is the early stage of gum disease known as Gingivitis. Left untreated, Gingivitis becomes Periodontitis which ultimately destroys the tissue surrounding your teeth AND the bone that holds your teeth in place. Except for bad breath and gums that bleed, there are very few early warning signals. The disease advances silently, often without pain, and before you know it, you are losing your teeth and you don't know why.

Tooth loss is only the most obvious indicator of gum disease. Scientific research has discovered linkage between gum disease and stroke, heart disease, diabetes - even an increased risk for pregnant women. When your gums become diseased, your entire immune system is weakened.

In the past, fear of painful dental surgery has kept people with gum disease from seeking the care they needed. Well, those days are gone forever.

 
 
 
Chicago Dentist | Periodontal (gum) disease. Dr. Basim Shakir and Dr. Bushra Alazzawi is a Chicago Dentist.