Periodontal Disease and Treatment in San Antonio
If you pay less attention to your gums than your teeth, you aren’t alone. Nearly half of all adults have some form of gum disease, but most don’t even realize it’s a problem. What you may not know is that gum disease left untreated can lead to serious consequences for your mouth and your health overall.
At Windcrest Cosmetic and General Dentistry, we strive to make our patients’ smiles look and feel their best. Dr. Wright and Dr. De la Garza combine skillful techniques and modern dental technology to treat periodontal disease and restore gum health to patients across San Antonio. Don’t wait for gum disease to cause you real pain – schedule a dental exam today.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
In the early stages of gum disease, called gingivitis, the gums are irritated by bacteria and plaque along the gum line. A thorough cleaning removes plaque and bacteria, which allows gum inflammation to recede.
For more advanced cases, if the gum has pulled away from the tooth root, the dentist will perform a root scaling and planing procedure. The dentist scrapes the tartar from the tooth surface, then smooths out the root to allow the gum to reattach.
Signs and Stages of Periodontal Disease
Early signs of periodontal disease are subtle and easy to overlook, which is why it is important to pay close attention to your gums. In the first stage, bacterial plaque irritates the gums and causes inflammation. The gums will appear red or swollen and often bleed when brushing and flossing.
If these symptoms are not addressed, the bacteria can infect pockets beneath the gums and lead to a painful infection. The gums may even begin to recede, leading to loose teeth. If the infection reaches the bloodstream, it can cause secondary infections in other organs, including the heart and lungs.
Contact our practice if you experience any of these symptoms:
• Red, swollen gums
• Gum sensitivity to touch and pressure
• Sensitivity to heat and cold
• Bleeding gums
• Gums that recede, making your teeth look longer
• Spaces developing between teeth
• Bad breath
• Loose teeth
Gum Disease Prevention
The best approach to gum health is to prevent gum disease before it has a foothold. Brush your teeth twice every day, and gently brush your gums as well. Use floss and mouthwash once a day to eliminate bacteria. Also be sure to keep your regular six-month dental exams and cleanings, which removes established plaque and tartar, and allows the dentist to monitor any changes in your gum health.
Expert Dental Care in San Antonio
At Windcrest Cosmetic and General Dentistry, our team is dedicated to providing you with exemplary dental care. With our comfortable, modern dental office and our friendly, knowledgeable staff, you’ll be well cared for as soon as you step through our door. Call today to schedule your next dental visit with our convenient San Antonio practice.