Gum Disease Therapy in San Antonio, Texas
Gum disease, also called periodontitis, is a severe gum infection primarily caused by bacteria found in plaque. If you have swollen gums or gums that bleed easily or have loose and painful teeth when chewing food, continuous bad breath, or receding gums, you may have periodontal disease.
Treatment for gum disease may not sound like something you look forward to, but a visit to Miner Dental in San Antonio, TX, could change your mind. At your regular dental exam at our office, Dr. Miner and the team will check to learn if you have gum disease and recommend the necessary treatment. The team is committed to patient education with an emphasis on disease prevention. They take a comprehensive approach to gum health with screening, diagnosis, and periodontal therapy for all stages of gum disease. Miner Dental uses contemporary techniques and technologies to be sure treatment is comfortable, efficient, and effective.
Understanding gum disease
Healthy gums do more than contribute to the beauty of your smile; they create a barrier to keep harmful bacteria out. Gum disease is inflammation and infection that occurs when that barrier is compromised.
Periodontal disease has two distinct stages, each with varying severity and a range of possible symptoms. The early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. It is characterized by red, swollen, or bleeding gums that may be sensitive and chronic bad breath. Periodontitis is advanced gum disease, which leads to receding gums, shifting or loose teeth, changes in bite, and eventual tooth loss.
Treating gum disease
The hygienists at Miner Dental will perform a thorough screening for early signs of gum disease at regular cleaning and checkup appointments. Dr. Miner will then discuss your oral condition, medical history, lifestyle habits, and other possible risk factors. He will then give you recommendations for keeping your smile as healthy as possible between dental visits.
If gum disease is present, it is essential to treat it. Gum disease can threaten your dental health and your overall wellness if left untreated. Over time, what begins as a minor infection with minimal symptoms can lead to dramatic changes in your smile, including tooth loss.
Gum disease also increases the risk of inflammatory-related illnesses. Periodontal disease allows harmful oral bacteria to enter the bloodstream. For patients with existing conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, gum disease can make symptoms worse and management more difficult.
Keeping gums healthy is essential for overall quality of life. We welcome new and existing patients in the San Antonio, TX area to contact us to learn more about periodontal treatment. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Philip Miner at Miner Dental for gum disease treatment. Contact us today at (210) 934-5265.