We hope you enjoy a hearty meal and a fun time with your family this past Thanksgiving. We also hope you didn’t have another problem — gum disease.
If it was up to us, no one would have these problems. Yet, most Americans will have periodontal infections at one time or another in their lives. If this problem affects you or someone you love, please remember that we are here to help at our San Antonio, TX dental practice.
We offer some of the most advanced gum disease treatments you will find. We’ll tell you more about one of them in a moment.
Just know that lasers could save your smile if you come to Advanced Dental Associates. Call 210-819-5233 to make an appointment with us.
Take Care of the Problem to Care for Your Smile
In the advanced stages, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Our hope is that you would contact us long before that became a concern.
In the early stages, gum infections cause bleeding when you brush and floss. They also can leave your gums looking red and puffy. As the problem gets worse, you may notice bad breath, pimple-like bumps on your gums, gum recession, and loose teeth. Yes, sometimes gums feel sore and tender, but that’s not something you should count on. Some people never feel pain, and other people only feel tender after their teeth are at risk.
If you are worried about the help of your gums, don’t wait another moment. Contact us now to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors.
How We Can Treat Your Gums
How we treat your gums can depend on how advanced your condition is. Either way, know that we have non-surgical options that could help you.
- In-home treatment — In the earliest stages, you may be able to reverse your condition by improving your daily hygiene routine. Brushing twice daily and flossing every day may be enough in some cases.
- Scaling and root planing — Think of this as a deeper cleaning than you would get during a routine checkup. Our professional will clean below the gumline to remove plaque and tartar buildup on your roots. Then, we will smooth out the surface of your teeth to make it more difficult for bacteria to bond there.
- LANAP® laser treatment — For more advanced infections, we can pull out our PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser. By using the laser, we can carefully remove infected tissue, preserve more of your healthy tissue, and seal that tissue without sutures.
Our laser treatment also reduces your recovery time compared to gum surgery. And research shows that the LANAP procedure can promote bone tissue growth around damaged teeth.
Don’t Wait Another Day
If you already have gum disease, getting help sooner is your best move. If you want to prevent periodontal problems, our team at Advanced Dental Associates wants to help you with that, too.