With a focus on treating gum disease, a periodontist is a dental specialist that can offer many more services than a general dentist when gum disease progresses from its earliest stage, gingivitis, to periodontitis. Take a look at some of the many things a periodontist in Chicago, IL do to help you get your gum disease under control, even in the most extreme cases of gum disease and tissue decay.
 
Tartar Removal
When the food particles and bacteria mixture known as “plaque” hardens, it’s form tartar. Tartar can promote cavities on teeth and facilitate the spread of gum disease. Most any dental office will offer tartar removal in the form of a “general cleaning,” the removal of tartar from teeth above the gum line or a “deep cleaning,” the removal of tartar from teeth roots below the gum line. However, a periodontist’s office will specialize in these services, services that can bring a mouth back from the brink and prevent irreversible decay.

Gum Recession Treatment
Over time, gum disease slowly deteriorates gum tissue due to lapses in daily dental care, genetic issues, diet, current health and other factors. While this is happening, tartar accumulates on the teeth – above and below the gum line. The tartar buildup can create pockets of space between the teeth and gum, adding to the deterioration and recession of the gums. Here’s a quick look at some of the things a periodontist in Chicago, IL can do to treat receding gums:
Conventional gum grafting – healthy gum tissue is taken from another area of the mouth and grafted over the areas where the gums have receded and have exposed the roots of teeth.  
The Pinhole Surgical Technique – this minimally invasive technique entails making a hole, the size of a pinpoint, in the gums. From there, the periodontist will carry draw the gums forward to again cover the areas they covered by before gum recession.
 
Meet with a Periodontist in Chicago, IL
Reserve an appointment with a periodontist in Chicago, IL to learn more about the periodontal services available to you. There’s much more available to you beyond the services highlighted above.