Gum disease is a condition that can become serious if left untreated. Thankfully, we can provide effective treatment in our Shreveport, LA office. Once you’ve completed the initial treatment to remove disease-causing bacteria, there is another critical step that you should take. Gum disease can easily recur unless you have regular, ongoing therapy to prevent it. Through periodontal maintenance, we can better ensure that your gums and teeth remain healthy after gum disease treatment. Think of the way routine check-ups and cleanings can keep your teeth healthy overall. Periodontal maintenance is like that, but specifically designed to provide deep cleaning and enamel removal to patients who’ve suffered from gum disease. A board-certified periodontist, Dr. O’Neill specializes in diagnosing and treating gum-related issues. He can provide periodontal maintenance and every stage of gum disease treatment for you right here.
Gum disease treatment usually involves scaling and root planing. With periodontal maintenance, we repeat these treatments at regular intervals for as long as your dental health requires. Scaling is a procedure during which Dr. O’Neill uses fine dental instruments to clean beneath your gumline, where bacteria and plaque typically accumulate. For root planing, he goes deeper, down to the very roots of your teeth, where plaque and tartar can build up. There he smoothens out the roots, removing existing plaque, preventing new plaque from forming, and enabling your gums to reattach to the tooth enamel. Smooth surfaces deny bacteria a place to hide, so smoother teeth are less likely to suffer their destructive effects. Both of these treatments will not only protect you from further disease, they’ll also give you fresher breath!