Southern Dental Care: Premier New Orleans Gum Disease Treatment
At Southern Dental Care, our dentists know all too well the consequences of allowing gum disease to get an upper hand. Without the proper New Orleans gum disease treatment, it can lead to other oral health issues that may eventually impair your overall health.
Let’s examine just what is gum disease, its symptoms, what are some of the treatment protocols and finally, the end result of leaving a developing gum disease problem without seeking treatment.
Gum Disease: What Is It?
Essentially, gum disease or periodontal disease can come in several forms ranging from mild inflammation of the gum line to a more severe inflammation. Many times resulting in major damage to your mouth’s soft tissue, it can also mean a fast-track to bone deterioration and loss of teeth.
Coming in two separate forms, Gingivitis and Periodontitis, both types of gum disease have different manifestations and produce different results. For instance, in gingivitis there’s light bleeding, swelling and redness associated with the disease at its beginning stage. In its mild form, it’s reversible if you do several daily brushings, flossing and go for regular cleanings. However, it does not necessarily result in a loss of bone or gum tissue that normally surrounds the teeth.
In contrast, periodontitis results from an advancing case of gingivitis that’s left untreated. Should this gum disease develop, it’s indicated by a pulling back of gum tissue from the teeth as well as infected “pockets” of tissue that have become infected. Left untreated, bone loss, tooth loss and gum/tissue loss result leaving no recourse except to extract the loose teeth.
- Bad breath
- Red, tender, bleeding or inflamed gums
- Pain when chewing
- Loose or sensitive teeth
- Receding gum line
Simply put, bacteria, mucus and other particles that cause a sticky, plaque buildup over time within the gums. If left untreated, plaque can develop into harder tartar that only dislodges after a thorough cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist.
Gum Disease Treatment
After obtaining a brief medical history of the patient, the gums are examined for possible inflammation and other telling signs of illness originating in the mouth. Also, a tiny probe is sometimes inserted to determine the presence of any “pockets” in the gums that have become infected.
Starting the patient off on a consistent, maintenance routine of oral cleaning, the dentist proceeds to instruct the patient on the importance of quitting smoking, not eating sugar and proper nutrition. Next, a deep cleaning is done to remove any accumulated plaque and tartar. In more advanced cases, a deeper laser cleaning may be warranted.
Don’t put off coming to get a professional consultation at our local center for New Orleans gum disease treatment. Feel free to discuss any oral health issues, schedule an appointment and/or ask for any information that our knowledgeable staff is more than eager to give you at Southern Dental Care. Call now 504-347-1014 or fill out the form to the right of this post and a representative at Southern Dental Care will be in touch with you shortly!