UIC periodontists are experts in treating periodontal (gum) disease, replacing missing teeth with dental implants and managing implant related diseases.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. And if left untreated - it can lead to significant tooth loss. Periodontists at the College of Dentistry are experts in treating periodontal disease and replacing missing teeth with dental implants and in the management of implant diseases. They receive up to three additional years of specialized training in periodontal disease treatment in both non-surgical treatments and periodontal plastic surgery procedures. Our skilled periodontal specialists are dedicated to educating our patients about the scientific link between periodontal disease and systemic disorders such diabetes, cardiovascular disease and complication during pregnancy.
We are experts in periodontal disease prevention and management as part of a full range of advanced periodontics care. Services include dental implants, periodontal surgery and gum / bone grafting, non-surgical treatments, regenerative procedures, dental crown lengthening, pocket reduction.
A Team of Experts - All In One Place
When you choose UIC, you get a team of dental experts conveniently located in one Chicago location. Our periodontists - many of which are board certified, and are research scientists - work closely together with our other dental specialties to coordinate dental care . And, because we're a research & educational institution, we all teach, learn and perform research together.
What is a Periodontist?
Our periodontists are specially trained to provide care related to the gingiva ("gums") and bone structures supporting your teeth. We use advanced techniques to diagnose, treat and manage periodontal disease and related conditions as part of maintaining good overall oral health. We provide comprehensive dental implant care including treatment planning, surgical placement, and implant site development (bone / tissue grafting).
Advancing the Science of Periodontal Therapy to Improve Care
Our team of periodontal experts also includes research scientists who enable our team to incorporate the latest scientific advances, technology and clinical research findings into how we provide dental care. Through this we not only learn, and apply this knowledge to benefit our patients’ care, but we also contribute back to the scientific community and the profession through our own scientific endeavors.
As a research university, we can offer patients the most up-to-date treatment methods backed-up by data and scientific rigor not typically found in most dental offices. And, our patients appreciate being well informed and confident in their decision making about their health.
The Impact of Periodontal (Gum) Disease
One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease, according to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A study titled Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010 estimates that 47.2 percent, or 64.7 million American adults, have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis, the more advanced form of periodontal disease. In adults 65 and older, prevalence rates increase to 70.1 percent. This study is published in the Journal of Dental Research, the official publication of the International and American Associations for Dental Research. Because there is such a high prevalence of periodontal disease in the U.S. population, the American Academy of Periodontology encourages yearly comprehensive periodontal evaluations to assess for disease. (Source: American Academy of Periodontology Perio.org)
Are you missing teeth? We can restore your confidence to eat, speak, and enjoy life with confidence.
Dental implants are changing our patients' lives! Dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like your natural teeth so you can be confident in your smile. The actual dental implant is a tiny titanium post surgically inserted into the jawbone where the tooth or multiple teeth are missing. Over several months, the titanium bonds with the jawbone, creating a strong foundation for the new artificially implanted tooth. The dental implant also helps to preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration which occurs when teeth are missing.
For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves two surgical procedures. First, implants are placed within your jawbone. The implant itself is not visible, and over the course of three to six months, the bone and implant bond together, in a process called osseointegration. You should be able to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet during this time. At the same time, we will design the final replacement teeth, bridgework or denture, which will ultimately improve both function and aesthetics. After this stage, we perform a second surgical procedure to attach a small post which serves as an anchor for the new artificial tooth.
When properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime, making them one of the best investments for long-term tooth replacement.
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Video: What is Periodontal Disease?
Watch this video to learn what causes periodontal disease, and how it can affect the body.