Periodontal (gum) disease is a common oral condition that affects nearly 80 percent of American adults at some point in their life. It can range from mild (Gingivitis) to severe (Advanced Periodontitis).
This is the first stage of periodontal disease and the mildest form. It begins with a buildup of plaque that harbors bacteria between the teeth and under the gumline. The bacteria results in an inflammation of the gums. You are likely to notice your gums bleeding easily, especially while brushing. If you observe this, it is important to schedule an appointment with Drs. Mike and Marisa Milligan and the team at Eastland Dental Center as soon as possible.
Gingivitis can be reversed with proper care. Treatment typically includes a thorough cleaning that will remove all built-up tartar and plaque from your teeth. Drs. Mike and Marisa Milligan may recommend more frequent routine checkups and professional cleanings along with changes to your home hygiene routine. Treating gingivitis early is vital because it can progress to periodontitis, which causes irreversible damage and can only be controlled and prevented from progressing.
Periodontitis is the advanced stage of gum disease. When the bacteria that caused the gingivitis are not treated, the disease begins to damage first the gum tissue and then the bone surrounding the teeth. As this tissue begins to recede, there is an increase in plaque and bacteria. This increase can result in further damage to the bone, and without treatment, the teeth can become so loose that they are eventually lost. Periodontitis is the number one cause of tooth loss.
Although periodontitis cannot be reversed, it can be controlled, and its progression be stopped. In the past, treating periodontitis often required highly invasive techniques such as gum surgery. Drs. Mike and Marisa Milligan and the team at Eastland Dental Center offer their patients Perio Protect to help control periodontitis.
Perio Protect uses custom-made trays that hold medication to treat gum disease. The trays fit snugly over the teeth and push the medication between the gums and teeth where the harmful bacteria are located. Each case is different, and Drs. Mike and Marisa Milligan will create a custom treatment plan for you. Perio Protect does not take the place of routine dental care or oral hygiene; it is used in conjunction to improve the health of the gums.
The earlier you treat gum disease, the better. Although periodontitis cannot be reversed as gingivitis can, the progression can often be stopped. Prompt treatment from Drs. Mike and Marisa Milligan and the team at Eastland Dental Center are vital to more than just your oral health. Gum disease has been linked to blood clots, diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory disease. If you think you may be suffering from gum disease, give us a call at (309) 663-4711, and schedule your appointment. Our office is located at 1404 Eastland Drive, Suite 101, Bloomington, IL 61701.
Dr. Mike completed his doctor of dental medicine degree from Southern Illinois University in 1978. Dr. Marisa completed her doctor of dental medicine degree from Midwestern University in 2015. Both doctors have logged hundreds of hours of continuing education to stay on top of the latest technologies in dentistry as well as the most current research on the oral-systemic, mouth-body connection to benefit their patients. Dr. Mike and Dr. Marisa are active members and in excellent standing with the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, McLean County Dental Association, American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, and numerous other societies.
Both doctors are avid golfers and have won several national golf tournaments over the years. They are the only father-daughter team in the state to have won the Illinois State Amateur Golf Championship. Dr. Mike in 1974 and Dr. Marisa in 2005.