2272 Barataria Blvd. Marrero, LA 70072

Periodontal TherapyMarrero, LA

Periodontics, better known as the treatment of gum disease, is one of the most important facets of dentistry. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, affecting 75% of the population. Daily brushing and flossing combined with regular visits to the dentist are the keys to healthy gums.

Prevention is the best way to combat gum disease. Brushing twice daily and flossing at least once a day help keep your teeth and gums clean. Biannual dental health exams and professional teeth cleanings are also necessary for prevention and allow for early diagnosis of gum disease.

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Causes and Symptoms of Gum Disease

Gum disease is commonly caused by poor oral hygiene. Without proper dental care, your teeth and gums are susceptible to creating harmful bacteria that can cause damage to the structure of the bite and smile. Poor oral hygiene is just one cause of gum disease. Other causes may include:

  • Smoking or tobacco use
  • Family history
  • Hormonal changes such as pregnancy
  • Stress
  • Medications
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Poor nutrition (malnourishment or obesity)
  • Diseases such as diabetes

Gum is a silent disease because many patients don’t realize they have it until the later stages of the condition. If you notice any changes in your oral health, contact your Barataria dentist as soon as possible. Some of the common warning signs and symptoms include:

  • Red, swollen or sore gums
  • Bleeding when brushing, flossing, or eating
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Sores or pus between gums and teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Changes in the bite, including changes in the fit of dentures

The primary concern for gum disease is tooth loss. There are, however, other concerns as gum disease can contribute to serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and pregnancy-related problems such as low birth weight.

Gum Disease Treatment

Through routine dental health exams and good at-home oral hygiene, prevention is the best way to fight against the development of gum disease. Once harmful bacteria are present, periodontal therapy is the best way to restore the health of the gums and prevent future damage to the teeth or gums. Our regular patients receive an annual periodontal screening where our dentists check for early signs of gum disease.

We aim to treat each patient with the most conservative approach by identifying problems in their earliest stages to treat future damage or decay. We offer intensive gum cleaning called scaling and root planing to help patients manage gum disease.

For patients who have extensive damage caused by gum disease, Doctors Burmaster and Hemphill, may work with a periodontist for surgical procedures.

Periodontal Therapy FAQs

Is periodontal treatment painful?

There’s some discomfort with treatment, but it isn’t as painful as people may fear. One of the main reasons people avoid the dentist is because they’re scared of pain. We take every step to ensure your comfort, including using local anesthetic in the area where we’ll be working.

Will my gums go back to normal after periodontal treatment?

It depends on the stage of gum disease you’re dealing with. If you’ve had any tissue loss due to gum disease, this tissue can’t grow back. But many patients will experience their gums reattaching to the bone and returning to be close to normal. Once the tissue is healthy and there aren’t pockets of bacteria, the gums can perform their function again.

How long does it take for the gums to heal after periodontal therapy?

You should expect the tissue to heal in about five to seven days. Because the tooth roots were exposed, you will have some sensitivity in both the gums and actual teeth. Your gums may bleed and swell. Take over-the-counter pain medication and use cold compresses to help control the pain.

Is periodontal therapy necessary?

Yes, you never want to let your gum disease go untreated. Unmanaged gum disease can lead to extreme pain, tooth and bone loss, and severe health impacts on the rest of your body. It’s best to treat it as early as possible before impacts from it cause irreversible damage to your oral health.

Can I eat after periodontal therapy?

Wait to eat until the numbness in your mouth has worn off. Start with soft foods, and avoid anything acidic or sharp. Your whole mouth will be sensitive for the first few days after the procedure. Stick to foods that aren’t causing you excess pain or irritation.

Do I need periodontal therapy?

Regular dental care is especially important when it comes to gum disease. It’s hard to spot in the early stages, but dentists are trained to check. They’re able to notice signs that you probably aren’t aware of. The earlier it’s spotted, the easier it is to treat. Your dentist thoroughly examines your mouth. If there are signs of gum disease, we’ll recommend treatment routes.

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