If you’re one of the millions suffering from gum disease, you need to know that the dentists at Advanced Dental Associates have more than one option to eliminate your infection and get your mouth back to a healthy state. Let’s take a look at the gum disease treatment options Dr. Edwards and our team provide. We’ve been helping countless people in San Antonio overcome gum disease for more than 35 years, and we’re here to help you, too!
Professional Dental Cleaning (Dental Prophylaxis)
Gum disease starts out as gingivitis. This early stage of gum disease starts with inflammation of the gums rather than a full-fledged infection. Few people realize they have gingivitis because the symptoms are easily overlooked or attributed to something else:
- Red gums
- Swollen gums
- Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing
- Tender gums
- Persistent bad breath
Most people will have gingivitis at some point in their lives. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day can often prevent gingivitis. Regular professional cleanings at Advanced Dental Associates are also vital to prevention. If you do have gingivitis, it usually takes one visit here for us to completely get rid of it.
Your hygienist will clean all the plaque and tartar from around your teeth and gums, then polish your teeth to prevent bacteria from sticking to any rough surfaces.
Your dental cleaning appointment will be accompanied by a dental exam. At each exam, your dentist will do a perio assessment to make sure your gums are disease-free, or to catch any developing gum disease so that we can treat it as early as possible.
Scaling and Root Planing
Gingivitis is reversible, but other, more advanced forms of gum disease are not. However, we can treat your gum disease if you seek help. If you notice any of the gingivitis symptoms above or any of the following gum disease symptoms, call our San Antonio office immediately for an appointment.
- Pockets in your gums (periodontal pockets)
- Loose teeth
- Shifting teeth
- Recessed gums
At your appointment, we’ll perform a “deep cleaning,” known as scaling and root planing. We’ll smooth out rough spots on your tooth roots and clean underneath your gums, where bacteria has infected your gums. We’ll set up a schedule for regular cleanings so that we can keep your gum disease under control.
If you need help staying comfortable during treatment, we have three types of dental sedation to relax you.
LANAP Gum Disease Treatment
LANAP, or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, is a fairly new type of gum disease treatment. Our patients with more advanced forms of gum disease have had great success with LANAP. We don’t use scalpels for this procedure. Instead, we use a special soft-tissue laser that evaporates just the diseased tissue and helps preserve the healthy tissue.
Our patients love that the minimally invasive laser gum disease treatment means quicker appointments, less (or no) bleeding, and quicker healing and recovery. It also means your smile can get back to looking normal again much faster.
LANAP laser gum disease treatment is an excellent alternative to traditional gum surgery, and few dentists in San Antonio have the training, tools, and skills to offer it to their patients.
If you know you have gum disease, are experiencing any of the symptoms above, or are overdue for a dental cleaning, contact Advanced Dental Associates at 210-819-5233 to set up an appointment. Your knowledgeable dentist will thoroughly assess your mouth and help determine which treatment is best for you. We truly value your health and your smile, so call today!