What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a degenerative condition to your gums and soft tissues. It causes inflammation and eventually causes your gum tissues to become infected and dissolved. If left untreated, gum disease can eventually cause tooth and bone loss. You may need gum disease treatment if you have:

  • Bleeding, swollen gums
  • Loose teeth
  • A receding gumline, making teeth appear unusually long
  • Pain or tenderness when biting and chewing

Dr. Shelly Barone, our seasoned dentist, provides gum treatment in Metairie, Louisiana, including scaling and root planing, as our first line of defense against gum disease.

What is scaling and root planing?

Scaling and root planing are deep cleaning methods. Scaling is the process by which diseased gum tissue is removed. Root planing is when we smooth the surface of your teeth to eliminate rough patches where bacteria and food particles can get trapped. Both are virtually painless and can be completed in just one visit to our dental office. Other periodontal treatments available include medication and increased oral hygiene maintenance. If you are experiencing the signs or symptoms of gum disease, we encourage you to call us at GNO Dental Care today to schedule your appointment. You do not have to wait a minute longer for a healthier, stronger smile.