While gum disease was once seen as a minor nuisance, there is strong evidence that the bacteria present in periodontal disease can work its way into your bloodstream and affect your overall health, as well as your oral health. This puts patients at a risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, pneumonia, pre-term births and more.
San Antonio Periodontal Treatment
The levels of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) range from mild to severe and the American Academy of Periodontology predicts that 75% of adults suffer from some form of gum disease. At William J. Stewart Jr, DDS, we take the presence of gum disease very seriously.
Gum disease develops when bacteria from plaque on teeth builds up and eats away at healthy gum tissue. Mild periodontal disease can often be treated with dental deep cleanings where your hygienist will remove the bacteria from under your gum line. If your gum disease has advanced, more intensive periodontal therapy or gum disease treatment may be necessary. Sometimes periodontal disease can damage gums and jawbone health so severely that teeth need to be removed or replaced with restorative dental procedures.
Patients may not realize that they can still have gum disease even if they brush and floss daily and have bi-annual dental checkups. Because this infection can be invisible, as well as transferable, it’s important to have regular dental hygiene exams and check-ups from San Antonio dentist Dr. William Stewart and his team. Dr. Stewart can provide periodontal therapy before the disease develops into a more severe case. When it’s diagnosed in the early stages, treatment for gum disease is much easier.
Signs of Gum Disease
- Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing
- Swollen or tender gums
- Loose teeth
- Bad breath
- Receding gum line
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to Dr. William Stewart in San Antonio. His compassionate dental hygiene team can work with you to develop the best periodontal therapy for your smile.
How Does Periodontal Treatment Work?
There are many different ways we can help you get your periodontal disease under control. A popular method we use in the office involves a DNA pathogen test to determine what specific bacteria are in your mouth. By doing this, we can help ensure that your treatment for gum disease is customized to your individual needs. This test is very simple and pain-free and only takes minutes to complete.
Using our Biolase Epic X dental laser, we also have the capability to heal periodontal pockets by eliminating harmful bacteria in a gentle, minimally invasive way. Our dental laser helps preserve tissue and bone and reduces post-operative discomfort for our patients.
Get Gum Disease Treatment in San Antonio
If you think you may suffer from gum disease, call our professional and friendly cosmetic dentistry practice to discuss your periodontal therapy options. We offer advanced technology at our dental practice in San Antonio that allows us to more fully diagnose your periodontal disease so we can develop a more comprehensive and effective treatment plan.