Gum Treatment

Gum Disease – Deep Scaling & Root Planing

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is progressive, that is, if it doesn’t stabilize or show signs of healing, it’s bound to get worse. Even when it doesn’t hurt, untreated gum disease will eventually result in tooth loss.


Symptoms of Gum Disease

The course of gum disease proceeds in spurts of activity over time. In the early stage – gingivitis – we find the gums inflamed or swollen. But the bone is still in good shape.

As bacteria and plaque migrate deeper in between the teeth and gums, the condition is on its way to early or moderate periodontitis. Gum inflammation extends to the bone beneath, which begins to erode. In severe cases, we’re racing with the clock. Teeth begin to loosen and move. At this point, without surgical intervention, the only alternative is removal of the infected teeth.

If you have noticed any of these symptoms, simply call our Lemont dental office and Dr. Mohajir will help you with your gum problems.

Gum Treatment – Before and After

Below, you will see results from actual patients of Lemont dentist Dr. Mohajir.


Press & move your mouse over the images to see the Before-After images

The initial treatment method is called scaling and root planing. You may have heard this called a deep cleaning.

Scaling and root planing is something like a routine cleaning. But we reach further beneath the gumline to clear away the toxins causing inflammation. Under local anesthetic, we remove plaque and calculus (tartar) deposits, then smooth the root surface of each tooth to encourage re-attachment of the gum tissue. These simple procedures go a long way to eliminate the source of gum problems. Deeper pockets may require additional surgical care to thoroughly clean away infected tissue and repair the damaged jawbone.

After that, it’s your turn. We’ll take time with you to explain how to maintain tissue health at home. Home care – more than anything else – is the key to successful periodontal therapy.

Call us today to request an appointment and prevent further gum disease development.


We look forward to hearing from you!


Patient Testimonials

We hope this letter finds you well! We know it's been difficult for everyone during this challenging time, and we just wanted to let you know that we haven't forgotten about you! We've been open but only seeing emergency patients during the last 8 weeks, as was mandated by the Governor of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Public Health.


As of May 11, 2020, we have been given the green light to reopen for routine dental care. During the last couple months, as we've been seeing emergencies, we have been making daily adjustments to our protocols to ensure they are meeting and exceeding the guidelines given to us from the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Research is ongoing, and we are prepared to adopt new guidelines as evidence emerges. We are thrilled to be opening our doors again to all of our existing patients, and we look forward to welcoming new patients to the practice as well. To give us time to acquire the necessary supplies and implement changes, we will be fully open as of June 1, 2020 for routine dental care.


We have implemented a number of new protocols in addition to our already rigorous infection-control standards:


  • All patients will be screened prior to their appointment with a CDC-approved questionnaire.
  • We will be asking you to stay in your car until you are sent a message to come in for your appointment.
  • We will be asking you to wear a mask before you enter the office; this goes for minor children as well.
  • We will ask you to use hand sanitizer once you enter, and will provide you with gloves to put on afterward.
  • We will be limiting the number of people in the waiting room to 1 individual at a time, unless a parent needs to accompany a minor. Once a minor child is brought back for treatment, we will be asking the parent to return to their car to wait until treatment is complete.
  • We will be taking temperatures before you enter the treatment area.
  • We will have you rinse with an antimicrobial mouth rinse after you are seated.
  • We have implemented additional air purification standards to reduce aerosols and contaminants in the whole office.
  • You will see the staff wearing more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) than we were wearing before. This is not just for the protection of the staff, but also to prevent cross-contamination to the patient.


We are requesting that you be patient with us during this time. We will all be adapting to a new normal, and that can be frustrating for everyone involved. Appointment times will take approximately 20-30 minutes longer than previously, to allow us the time needed to effectively implement the changes we talked about above. We would not recommend scheduling your appointments on days where you have a very tight schedule to maintain, as there may be unexpected delays.


We can't wait to get back to the work of getting you smiling again!


Thank you!

Saqib H. Mohajir, DMD

Pinewood Dental


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