Save Your Teeth with Gum Disease Treatment
Our periodontist works with you to reverse, stop, or slow the progression of gum disease. The early stage, known as gingivitis, can show up in patients as young as teenagers, although it usually does not appear until people are in their 30s or 40s.
This disease is caused by a buildup of plaque and tartar in your mouth—above and below the gum line. Bacteria naturally multiply in your mouth, forming plaque. If not removed by brushing and flossing, the plaque builds up and hardens to form tartar.
In the early phases of the disease, much can be accomplished with simple methods for gum disease treatment. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once, as well as dental cleanings and checkups every six months.
Gingivitis Treatment Reverses the Disease
Are your gums red and swollen? Do they bleed easily? Then, it is likely you have the mild form of gum disease known as gingivitis. What happens is your gums become inflamed due to a buildup of tartar and show this by swelling and bleeding.
We work with our patients to provide effective gingivitis treatment that reverses gum disease, preventing the loss of bone and teeth. Some of the responsibility lies with you to be diligent in brushing and flossing, while we remove the tartar through professional cleanings.
Prevent Tooth Loss with Periodontal Treatment
Aggressive treatment is required to help our patients with periodontitis. At this more serious stage of gum disease, the build-up of tartar causes the gums to recede. This forms pockets that become infected and if not treated, destroy the gums and bone that hold your teeth in place.
There are a number of options for effective periodontal treatment. Our dentist may recommend a deep cleaning called scaling and root planning to remove tartar at and below the gum line. He may suggest medication or he may advise you to have surgery. Whatever is suggested, know that our dentist is meticulous about ensuring that you understand the causes and reasons for treatment.
Contact us today to work with you to halt the progression of gum disease. We provide general, family, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to patients from Metairie, New Orleans, Old Metairie, Jefferson, and Kenner, Louisiana.