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Periodontal Disease

We provide exceptional periodontal disease treatment. Periodontal disease (sometimes called gum disease or periodontitis) is an infection affecting the bone and tissues surrounding your teeth. Healthy gums are “tight” and pink in color; whereas infected gums turn red, become spongy, and can sometimes cause your teeth to become loose. The disease is caused when bacteria (found in plaque) produces toxins and enzymes that irritate the gums, causing infection and inflammation. Surprisingly, this rarely causes pain.

What most people don’t know is that periodontal disease can be life-threatening. According to the American Dental Association, periodontal (gum), disease has been linked to heart disease, respiratory problems, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, premature births, and rheumatoid arthritis.

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Common symptoms of periodontal disease include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Dark build-up between teeth
  • Bleeding gums when you floss
  • Constant bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Decaying teeth

While it is possible for you to detect these signs on your own, usually people who have gum disease don’t know it. For instance, most people just ignore bleeding gums when flossing, but this can actually be a sign of periodontal disease.

Gum Disease Treatment In Massachusetts

We assess the severity of your condition accurately by using a periodontal probe to measure pocket depth. A healthy pocket (around every tooth) is typically 3mm deep or less. The greater the pocket depth, the more severe your periodontal disease. The resulting condition is a deeper and deeper pocket. What ensues is a progressive breakdown of the tissue and bone.

In order to determine the best way to combat the bacteria that are causing gum disease for a specific patient is to determine what bacteria are actually present. We work with partners like OralDNA and Temple University for in-depth microbial testing to look for the root cause of the disease so we can find a permanent solution.

We are fully aware that the daily treatment and removal of oral bacteria and plaque are both key strategies for maintaining a healthy mouth. That is why our Massachusetts dentists supply you and your family with proven solutions to combat periodontal disease.

  • We treat periodontal disease based on its severity. If you have gingivitis (the early phase of periodontal disease), we typically perform a routine cleaning (sometimes it takes 2 visits to clear up this infection), and we recommend changes to your at-home oral care.
  • If the disease progresses to cause deeper pockets, we must conduct a soft-tissue management program or gum therapy. We use hand scaling techniques and an ultrasonic scaler to remove tartar, plaque, and bacteria underneath your gums, and often use a tissue laser to improve unhealthy gum tissue.

After the treatment is completed, we will have you return in 6 weeks for a follow-up visit. At this time, we check your periodontal pockets again and go over any further home care instructions we may have for you.

Once you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, you will always potentially have it. The bacteria that cause this damage will attempt to “recolonize” in about 90 days. This is why we recommend effective at-home oral care and a 3-month maintenance appointment during which we will provide a more thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums.

The American Academy of Periodontology indicates that 3 of 4 Americans have some form of periodontal disease. We do not want you or your family to join this outrageous statistic.

We have five convenient locations in Wakefield (781-245-2299), Dracut (978-957-1811), Billerica (978-663-4303), North Andover (978-685-8313) and Chelmsford (978-970-2089). Please give us a call and experience the difference.

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Mayle PachecoMayle Pacheco
14:46 22 Sep 22
My first visit was excellent! The staff is amazing and the work is very professional. I was seen by the hygienist, Lori for my cleaning and she is the best! Highly recommend to anyone looking for a new dental office!
Kendall BodenraderKendall Bodenrader
15:46 01 Sep 22
I absolutely hate going to the dentist it’s one of my biggest fears and causes me a lot of anxiety and this office worked with me and was very understanding. My hygienist was awesome Lori, and the dentist himself was great as well, super nice! I also was given a referral to Dr. Denis who was also very nice!
robert silvarobert silva
23:41 26 Aug 22
I have been coming here for many years and receiving excellent services, but this new team of doctors, hygienist and all staff members are the next level of dentistry. And these are the reasons why:1) Great customer service2) Care given to all their patients is the top priority3) Hygienist, Lori, is very thorough, she takes my blood pressure, checks my thyroid etc.,takes the time to answer all my questions, gives me tips and tools to use so that I can navigate my way for healthier results.4) Dental health is a very important part of our total overall health.5) I would recommend The Willows Dental Group to my friends and family to this great team of professionals.With Gratitude,Cecile LaRoche
Michael GillespieMichael Gillespie
12:51 25 Aug 22
I haven’t been to the dentist office for a long time. I have to say they are the best I’ve been to in my lifetime. They explain everything. Very trustworthy. Loree is the best. She’s very thorough and very informative. I would recommend anyone who needs dental work or is hesitant to go this is the place. The receptionist Connie was extremely helpful as well. They go above and beyond. Very happy 😃
Lyndsay DowdLyndsay Dowd
00:06 18 Aug 22
Lori the hygienist was lovely, professional and a fellow lefty! She made my visit a pleasure. Dr. Dennis is thorough and pleasant.
Ariel DupontAriel Dupont
20:02 27 Jul 22
I had my first appointment with Willows after attending their sister location in Wakefield. Lori was incredibly professional and made efforts to make me feel as comfortable as possible. I had a great experience and will be attending again.
J BoJ Bo
20:40 25 Jul 22
I'm not sure who likes going to the dentist.. but due to childhood trauma caused by a dentist I hate it.. at my last cleaning they pointed out I needed a deep cleaning.. which involve two separate appointments..all my phobias kicked in.. today was the first of two appointments.. and I told the hygienist my fears.. and that she was basically gonna decide if I come back for the second procedure or stop going to the dentist all together.. my hygienist Lori was amazing (the Best ever) . She understood what I went thru as a child and did everything she could to make me comfortable.. the procedure was painless and I can't believe I would ever say this.. but enjoyable.... My next appointment is Monday.. and I won't lose sleep the night before like I did last night... Thank you so much Lori!!!! You have made me feel comfortable in an environment I have hated my entire life... Can't say enough about Lori!!!!
Ed LongEd Long
15:37 21 Jul 22
Great place. Everyone is very nice and knowledgeable. Making an appointment was easy and they take the time to explain everything. Highly recommend
Steve GoldSteve Gold
00:31 12 Jul 22
From the moment I walked through the door, I was greeted with enthusiastic and very welcoming "Good Mornings." My wait time was less than 5 minutes. They still wear masks which is very comforting. Jess took me in and prepped me for my procedures. She was warm and gentle and set me at ease immediately. Dr. Denis handled my procedure. The two of them were very in-sync and they have a very calming repartee together. The entire procedure lasted for about 40 minutes. No pain. No strain. Dr. Denis uses this piece that he fits into your mouth to keep it opened. I've never had that before but it's awesome. He was thorough and before I knew it, we were done. Overall, an excellent experience at a top notch facility.
Karolina CostaKarolina Costa
23:37 28 Jun 22
Very friendly staff and I was very satisfied with the quality of their services.
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00:47 25 Jun 22
Everyone at Willows is friendly and genuinely kind. My procedure was painless and they had me out in no time at all
Masood SheikhMasood Sheikh
02:02 24 Jun 22
I am greatly impressed by Dr. Denis Jakuj's effort and caring. I highly recommend him for dental care.
Genevieve DesaulniersGenevieve Desaulniers
00:37 22 Jun 22
We always have such a wonderful experience here. Front staff are always helpful and courteous, hygienists are great with my kiddos, and I feel so comfortable with their continued attention to COVID precautions. We won’t go anywhere else!
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00:16 24 Feb 22
Dr Jakuj has done a great job of helping me prioritize various dental issues. Over the past year and a half, I have finally been able to to deal with some things that I had let go for too long. The whole staff is really nice and professional and my anxiety about dentist appointments has lessened.
Martin ZweigMartin Zweig
01:27 18 Feb 22
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Keanu ShurdhaKeanu Shurdha
02:56 15 Feb 22
I had a great experience at Willows Dental Group, I was there about a week ago and It was a peasant visit from the start. The office was very organized and the dentists along with their assistances were all very helpful and nice. I went for a cleaning and in the same day they also filled out a cavity for me, I highly recommend this place.
Analise NicolosiAnalise Nicolosi
02:01 26 Jan 22
This was my first time at the dentist in a while, I was very nervous. Michelle put me right at ease. She was very personable and thorough. Her along with the rest of the staff relaxed me with their professionalism and bedside manner. Will definitely be returning for all my future dental needs/visits.
Sue HallSue Hall
10:50 10 Dec 21
I don't usually leave reviews, but I went to this practice for a second opinion and found them to be exceptional. The staff are friendly, efficient and accommodating and Dr Jakuj explained the services I needed so that I was comfortable with my decision to move forward. I will not hesitate to highly recommend them to friends and family.
Zak GravesZak Graves
16:26 29 Nov 21
I had a great first experience! My cleaning was with Cassie she is the best! Dr Denis clearly explained any future treatment and Kerry at the front was great with helping with my insurance questions. Thank you guys! 5 stars all around.
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Best Dentist Ever!!!Very informative spend time educating me, his X-ray images were superior to my past dentist.he gave he possible to probable diagnose, to help make my decision, I had went there for a 3rd opinion and definitely to smartest of the three, he knew his stuff. And I would want him doing my future work even though I love my past dentist, and the staff they were just a step above Jackie the tech was fantastic very helpful. Ty Steve
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