Our goal is to help our San Antonio dental patients prevent gum disease before any damage occurs. Cleanings include root planing and periodontal scaling. Scaling removes the plaque and calculus above and, especially, below the gumline where your toothbrush cannot reach. Planing smoothes root surfaces so it is more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate and grow. It also creates a healthy surface for the gums to reattach to the root if necessary.
Many San Antonio people with diabetes have dental problems. However, gum disease, tooth loss, and periodontal disease are not unavoidable.
With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to a San Antonio dentist, a tooth with a filled root can often function problem-free for the rest of a patient’s life.
Periodontal disease in San Antonio is more common than you might think, and can be cured with varying degrees of treatment depending on the severity.