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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.

How important is treating gum disease? - Smile In Style, Diem Do DDS

How important is treating gum disease? - Smile In Style, Diem Do DDS
What is gum disease? How important is treating gum disease? Watch this video on gum disease and the treatments available as explained by Smile In Style, Diem Do DDS.

How important is screening for gum disease?
At Smile in Style, Dr. Diem Do, DDS’s office, we treat gum disease very importantly. 9/10 American adults have some form of gum disease. It is extremely important for us to screen for that as well as cavities.

How is the screening for gum disease done?
We check for gum disease with a thorough probing in a complete set of dental x rays. We make sure that the foundation, which is your gums are healthy and stable.

That will help any restorative dental work that we do last longer. We also screen for this procedure at every single dental appointment.

How important is it to treat gum disease on time?
We find that this is extremely important to ensure that we’re maintaining health to support our patients’ tissues and bones. Because once you lose that, you don’t gain it back.

We treat it through thorough diagnosis, comprehensive discovery, and ensuring that we maintain that through good oral care, regular cleanings, and maintenance appointments.

Feel free to give us a call today to learn more about how we can treat gum disease.


Dr. Diem Do set up his private practice after graduating from the University of New Orleans and LSU School of Dentistry. He follows continuing education for the benefit of his patients. Dr. Tami Nguyen is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and LSU School of Dentistry. Both are members of top professional organizations like the American Dental Association and New Orleans and Louisiana Dental Associations. They are trusted and respected by the community for their high-quality dental services.

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You don't have to settle for feeling self-conscious about imperfections in your smile. If you are in the Marrero, LA area, Give Smile In Style, Diem Do DDS a call today at (504) 370-2229 to book a consultation.