Periodontal therapy can save your smile
Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults in the US, and treatment is critical to restore periodontal health. Gum disease is usually painless, and many patients let it go untreated because they do not realize the severity of the issue. Dr. Do can diagnose gum disease during a regular check-up, and he offers periodontal therapy for patients in Marrero, LA, and surrounding areas of Marrero, Harvey, Gretna, Westwego, New Orleans, Avondale, Metairie, Kenner, and Lafitte.
Periodontal therapy for gingivitis
The initial stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. At this stage, bacteria and plaque build-up along your gum line causes inflammation, making your gum prone to bleeding. At this point, there is no permanent damage, and the disease is reversible.
The first step in treating gingivitis is deep cleaning with scaling and root planing. Scaling is the removal of tartar and bacteria build-up on your teeth and below your gum line. Root planing will treat inflammation in your gums by removing bacterial residue and smoothing the surface of your root. This might be done using ultrasonic or laser therapy or using specialized tools. As long as you maintain consistent care at home, your gingivitis should clear up. In some cases, you may need dental restoration to make it easier to care for your teeth.
Therapy for periodontal disease
If left untreated, inflamed gums will start to pull away from the teeth and create pockets. These pockets can catch debris and allow bacteria to infect deeper into your gum line, leading to bone loss and gum tissue detachment.At this stage of gum disease, the damage to your tissues is permanent, but you can still halt the progress. This will involve more aggressive scaling and root planing, including removing infected cementum around your tooth root. Dr. Do may use localized medication to help kill bacteria under your gums and prescribe oral antimicrobials to help your body fight infection. In some cases, you may need surgery or laser therapy to remove damaged gum tissues or to move your gums to protect your tooth root.