Gum Disease Treatment in San Antonio

Gum Disease Treatment

Dr. Young will educate you about gum disease, so you can make an informed decision about treatment,

Minimally invasive and non-surgical treatment options

Gum disease is fundamentally a progressive bacterial infection resulting in inflammation that causes the gums to detach from the teeth and the supporting bone to be lost. Gingivitis is the first level of gum disease and is characterized by inflamed and bleeding gums only. The second level is called periodontitis, where the gums progressively detach from the teeth and the bone progressively dissolves away as the infection increases from mild to moderate and then advanced.

Expert Gum Disease specialist

As a periodontist, Dr. Young is a highly skilled and experienced specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, which includes treating damage to the teeth, gums and jawbone resulting from gum disease. He uses advanced non-surgical laser therapy and other minimally invasive techniques to effectively treat most cases of even advanced gum disease without having to resort to conventional surgery.

Complimentary Laser Gum Disease Treatment Consultation

Gum Disease TreatmentDr. Young is an expert in diagnosing and treating all forms of gum disease with advanced, modern treatments. Come see Dr. Young if you believe you may have gum disease or want to know how his minimally invasive treatment methods could work for you. Your complimentary consultation will include:

  • Consultation with Dr. Young
  • Learn about the procedures
  • Get all your questions answered

To make an appointment, call 210‑660‑1050 or click here to request an appointment online.

Thorough Diagnosis

Dr. Young first conducts a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and supporting bone to assess the extent of your gum disease and determine the appropriate treatment. He will gently probe the depth of open pockets under your gum line to discover the level of gum detachment from your teeth. The deeper the pockets, the greater the level of gum disease.

He will check for any loose teeth and will note any gum recession that has occurred. He will review your medical and dental history with you and ask any further questions as needed.

Full digital X-rays and CT scan

Dr. Young will obtain full mouth digital X-rays as needed to see the bone levels around your teeth. If he needs further detail, he will have you obtain a 3D 360 degree CT scan of your entire jaw, teeth and supporting structures from a dental imaging lab.

Treatment plan

Gum Disease Treatment

Dr. Young will present his findings in detail and will educate you thoroughly so you know what to expect.

Dr. Young will present his findings in detail and will educate you thoroughly so you understand what is going on and can know what to expect. He will present all your treatment options and answer any questions you may have, so you are able to make a well-informed decision.

Dr. Young believes that the patient should be the center of all dental care, and he takes the time to listen to you and understand your needs and concerns. He will never push procedures on you.

Our Gum Disease Treatment

Expert deep cleaning

The first line of attack in all gum disease treatment is removal of the accumulated deposits of bacterial plaque and calculus on your teeth and below the gum line. Dr. Young uses an ultrasonic scaler that uses controlled vibrations to gently remove these deposits and kill the bacteria that are creating them. He then smooths out the rough surfaces on the tooth roots so the gums can easily reattach to the teeth, and so that new bacteria cannot easily grow on those surfaces.

A deep cleaning is a general term that is actually describing what dentistry calls scaling and root planing. Scaling is describing the removal of deposits from the tooth surface both above and below the gum line. Root planing is describing the smoothing of the root in order to assure that the deposits (calculus or tartar) have been adequately removed and in order to enable the periodontist, dentist, or dental hygienist to know, over time, when deposits are beginning to accumulate again and when this procedure may need to be repeated in the future.

Scaling and root planing is never performed without first having a diagnosis of periodontitis, and a diagnosis generally follows documentation of bone loss around teeth to include x-rays as well as probing numbers.

Minimally invasive LANAP® Laser Gum Disease Treatment

For all cases of mild to advanced periodontitis, Dr. Young uses an advanced laser gum disease treatment known as LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) in addition to scaling and root planing. The LANAP procedure uses a highly advanced dental laser to clear away diseased gum tissue, eliminate bacterial deposits below the gum line and stimulate the regeneration of healthy bone and gum tissue to attach to the teeth and provide renewed support.

LANAP is a minimally invasive alternative to standard periodontal therapy that replaces two procedures (scaling and root planing along with periodontal surgery) into something very different and improved. No scalpels or sutures are needed. There is far less discomfort during and after the procedure than with traditional periodontal surgery, the procedure can be done quicker and recovery time is rapid. Most cases of even advanced gum disease can be effectively resolved with the LANAP procedure.

Learn more about LANAP procedure here.

Periodontal surgery

Although LANAP Laser therapy effectively resolves most cases of even advanced gum disease, there will occasionally be deeper problems in the tissues around certain teeth that the laser cannot access. In this case, Dr. Young will pull back a small flap of gum tissue to access deeply buried bacterial deposits around the tooth roots so they can be cleared away.

After full cleaning, he will then smooth the surfaces of the roots so the gums can securely re-attach to the tooth. Firm gum attachment eliminates any space for bacteria to accumulate. As part of the treatment, Dr. Young may also occasionally remove gum tissue that has overgrown around the teeth.

Full home oral care education

Gum Disease Treatment

Dr. Young will make sure you are fully educated on home oral care.

It is vital to keep your teeth and gums healthy after treatment, and Dr. Young makes sure you are well equipped to maintain the health of your gums with thorough home oral care education. Our dental assistant will train you on effective brushing and flossing techniques and will recommend the best home oral care products to use.

Dr. Young also wrote a book titled “The Joy of Flossing”, which contains thorough descriptions of effective flossing and other home oral care techniques. You will receive a complimentary copy of the book as part of your initial comprehensive periodontal examination. It is also available on Amazon.com.

Gum grafting

Gum Disease can cause the gums to recede, exposing the tooth roots to damage and decay. Gums can also genetically be too thin to adequately protect your teeth and this can also lead to gum recession.

Dr. Young can restore lost gum tissue and rebuild full gum support for your teeth through advanced gum grafting procedures.

Learn more about gum grafting here.

Bone grafting

Gum disease eats away the supporting jaw bone around your teeth. Dr. Young can replace lost bone through minimally invasive bone grafting procedures.

As part of the bone graft treatment, Dr. Young uses special growth proteins that speed up the healing process after surgery and result in denser and stronger new bone.

Learn more about our bone grafting procedures here.

Keeping your teeth and gums healthy

Keeping you free of gum disease after treatment requires the continuous removal of the bacteria that accumulate around your teeth and gums. This is accomplished through effective home oral care and regular professional cleanings. Dr. Young will set you up on a program of regular periodontal maintenance appointments and will give you detailed education on how to maintain the health of your gums at home.

Learn more about our Periodontal Maintenance here.

Patient Testimonials

Patient TestimonialsDr. Young’s use of new processes for treatment was of great benefit.”

“Dr. Young’s use of new processes for treatment was of great benefit. He used a controlled laser to seal up tissue after treatment and this is a tremendous improvement over traditional stitches. My recoveries were thus much more tolerable.

“His treatment has greatly improved my comfort and dental health.”

— David

 

Patient Testimonials“When he gave shots I felt no pain or discomfort.”

“Dr. Young gives very good and thorough explanations of what he has found and what he is going to do, and he never rushes you. He is very personable and professional.

“I came to Dr. Young because I had periodontal disease and there were concerns about my gums in relation to my teeth. I have been treated by Dr. Young and now I have stronger teeth. When he gave shots I felt no pain or discomfort. I have confidence in his treatments.”

— William

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To make an appointment, call 210‑660‑1050 or click here to request an appointment online.