There is a serious problem sweeping through the country that is claiming teeth and causing debilitating dental problems. It’s gum disease, and it’s probably more serious than you think. Our San Antonio TX dental office is treating gum disease and other serious dental problems so you can keep your teeth forever!
The doctors of Advanced Dental Associates are trained in advanced technology, giving you more options for treatments AND treatments that are minimally invasive. You can become one of our patients by calling us today at 210-871-9243 or use the online form to book a visit.
What Gum Disease Does To Your Body
We dentists are so concerned about gum disease because it’s the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Gum disease can also strike with little or no warning. The earliest signs of gum disease include bleeding or swollen gums. When a person has gum disease, they might experience pain whenever they brush their teeth. Or they might experience pain throughout the day — sensitivity to cold or hot sensations.
- About 50 percent of adults will struggle with gum disease, and that percentage rises to more than 70 percent in adults 70 and older.
Gum disease is created by plaque and harmful bacteria. One of the best ways to avoid this problem is to brush twice a day and floss daily, along with visiting our office for regular dental cleanings and exams. The disease, if left untreated, will destroy the gums and then even begin eroding the bone. Damaged bone can cause the teeth to become loose or fail.
Important note about gum disease: The early stages of gum disease can be reversed with intervention from a professional, but the most serious form of gum disease, periodontitis is not reversible. You’ll need care for the rest of your life. We ask that people will gum disease visit our office every three to four months for cleanings.
The problems with gum disease don’t end there. Studies have found a connection between gum disease and the serious medical problems like heart disease and diabetes. Though there is no known cause-and-effect relationship, studies have found that people with gum disease are more likely to suffer from heart disease or diabetes.
How We’re Treating Gum Disease
Problems with the soft tissue can be uncomfortable and downright painful. If you have signs of gum disease, you need to treat the problems and save your teeth! Not all dental offices can treat your gum disease, or they might send you to a specialist who will use scalpels of stitches to remove the infection.
But luckily, gum disease treatment doesn’t have to unpleasant or painful. Some dental offices cannot treat your gum disease, but we can. And we can do this without the use of scalpels and stitches, which is still the standard form of treatment.
Dr. Long is certified in laser dentistry and a clinical instructor at the Institute for Advanced Laser Therapy. At our office, we’re using an FDA-approved laser, LANAP, to treat your gum problems. The laser evaporates the gum infection and sets the stage for healthy reattachment of the teeth and gums. We can even use antibiotics to reduce the likely of the infection returning. Our patients prefer the laser treatment because it’s:
- Pain-free treatment
- Reattachment of teeth, gums without stitches
- Requires less recovery
- Less risk of postoperative infection
Address Gum Issues Before They Balloon
Though bleeding or swollen gums are the first sign of gum disease, this problem can be hard for you to spot. In fact, it’s possible to have serious gum disease and show no physical signs. The only way to make sure your mouth is healthy is visit our office for a dental exam. We have multiple dentists that can severe you, and our professional staff is gentle and caring. Give us a call today at 210-871-9243 or use our online form to book a visit.