Gum Disease Treatment in San Antonio
Effective Treatment for Gum Disease
Gum disease is an infection that comes from a buildup of bacteria on the teeth. If left untreated, it can cause gum recession, bone and/or tooth loss.
Dr. Daniela provides non-surgical treatment for gum disease. She and our hygienists are very experienced and effective at treating gum disease.
Our hygienists are licensed and take many continuing education classes on gum disease treatment topics in order to provide the best solution for our patients at an affordable cost.
Comfortable and Effective Gum Disease Treatment
Dr. Daniela and our hygienists can effectively treat gum disease, from mild to moderate, and even many severe cases. Mild gum disease is called gingivitis and moderate to severe gum disease is known as periodontitis. In periodontitis the bacteria attacks the bone and tissue supporting the teeth.
Dr. Daniela and our hygienists are thorough with your treatment to ensure your periodontal disease is under control. They use ultrasonic techniques and hand scaling to make the treatment as comfortable and minimally invasive as possible. After your initial treatment, we schedule periodontal maintenance appointments on a regular basis of three, four or six months apart, depending on the stage of your gum disease. This minimizes the formation of biofilm (new bacterial deposits) and helps prevent the gum disease from recurring.
In those few cases where additional treatment is needed outside of our office, Dr. Daniela will refer you to a trusted local specialist for any special procedures.
We take any necessary digital X-rays during your comprehensive exam with Dr. Daniela. These diagnostic images show the level of bone surrounding your teeth and the degree of any bone loss.
We also use a small dental probe to measure how deeply the gingiva (gum) has detached from each of the teeth. Detached gums form “pockets” of space between the teeth and gums. The deeper the pockets, the greater the severity of the gum disease.
Deep Cleaning: Scaling and Root Planing to remove bacterial deposits
Gum disease is primarily treated with scaling and root planing. In scaling, we use our ultrasonic scaler and hand instruments to remove plaque (a sticky film of bacteria) and tartar (hardened plaque) from the tooth surface. An ultrasonic scaler works by using a high-frequency vibrating tip that break up the deposits on the tooth without damaging it. We generally use the ultrasonic scaler when the patient has a lot of plaque and tartar.
Root planing is when we scale the tooth’s root to remove the bacterial deposits that have formed beneath the gum line. This includes smoothing rough spots on the root that could trap bacteria. The smooth surface will also allow better reattachment of the gum to the tooth.
When needed, Dr. Daniela will place Arestin® topical antibiotic microspheres directly into the infected periodontal pocket at the time of scaling and root planing. The microspheres release antibiotic over time in order to continuously fight the infection and prevent return of the bacteria.
Dr. Daniela also uses antimicrobial rinses such as Peridex or Perioguard to disinfect your gums.
Home oral care education
No gum disease treatment would be completely effective unless you are well educated to take excellent care of your teeth at home. Your hygienist might use videos, brochures, models and photos to show you what occurs with bacteria in your mouth and how to effectively brush and floss to keep the bacteria away. She will also demonstrate these techniques and answer your questions so you can maintain your oral health with confidence.
Regular maintenance cleanings
Even the best home oral care can miss disease-causing bacteria, so we will schedule you for regular maintenance cleanings. Dr. Daniela and our hygienists will monitor your oral health during these visits. Your hygienist will continue to help you with home oral care education and advice, as needed.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is an inflammation of the gums that can progress to a loss of the tissues that hold your teeth in place, including the bone. Advanced periodontal disease, known as periodontitis, can eventually cause tooth loss. According to the American Dental Association, 47% of adults over 30 in the United States have chronic periodontitis.
Gum disease is caused by a build up of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth. If the plaque remains on your teeth, it can cause your gums to pull away from your teeth and form pockets. More bacteria can collect in these pockets. Plaque can also harden into tartar (calculus) along and under your gums.
Dr. Daniela has had personal experience with gum disease and is very passionate about ensuring that our patients receive effective care to control the disease and maintain oral health.
Causes and Symptoms of Gum Disease
Bacterial infection is the most direct cause of gum disease. However, there are many factors that can increase the risk of developing gum disease. These include factors such as poor diabetes, pregnancy, smoking and certain medications such as oral contraceptives, cancer therapy drugs, steroids and some anti-eplispsy drugs. People can also be genetically predisposed to gum disease. Poor oral hygiene or crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean are other major factors in potentially causing gum disease.
Below are some of the symptoms of gum disease. If you have any of these, please contact our office so we can schedule you for a comprehensive examination with Dr. Daniela. Gum disease should always be treated as early as possible.
- Red, tender, swollen gums
- Gums bleeding easily, especially when brushing or flossing
- Adult teeth that have shifted position or become loose
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth forming spaces
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- A change in the way your teeth come together on chewing
It is also possible to have gum disease and have no warning signs, which is why regular checkups are important.
Come See Us
Gum disease is often hard to notice and self diagnose. It usually shows no symptoms until it has become more severe. That is why it is important to get regular checkups. Come see us as soon as possible if you haven’t been to the dentist in a while. Gum disease is much easier to control when it is discovered early.
Dr. Daniela will happily give you a full examination and will let you know the condition of your oral health. If she finds that you have gum disease, she will take fast action to help you.
New Patient Exam & Consultation
If you are a new patient, take advantage of our special offer for a comprehensive oral exam, X-rays and consultation with Dr. Daniela for only $49.
Your visit will include:
- Comprehensive exam (D0150) or limited exam (D0140)
- Necessary digital X-rays
- Intraoral images (D0120)
- Consultation with the doctor
- Learn about your treatment options
- Get your questions answered
- Learn about your financial options and available payment plans
To make an appointment, call 210‑660‑5022 or click here to request an appointment online.