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Periodontal Therapy Can Save Your Smile’s Health

Older woman smiling at the beachWe’re often so preoccupied with the health and appearance of our teeth that it’s easy to forget their vital support system just underneath: the gums. Unfortunately, the gum tissue is just as susceptible to infection as enamel is, if not more so. Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is one of the most common health problems in the world, as well as the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. At Legacy Dental SA, our team takes this threat to your well-being very seriously, and we offer effective therapy options that can revitalize the gums and improve your oral health.

Common warning signs of gum disease include bleeding, swollen, or overly red gum tissue, excessive bad breath, and a receding gum line. If you notice any of these symptoms, please don’t hesitate to contact our San Antonio practice today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Eck and Dr. Sage. We welcome new patients from Castle Hills Forest and other surrounding neighborhoods.

Scaling & Root Planing

Closeup of healthy teeth and gums

Scaling and root planing is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes too severe. During this in-depth cleaning, our team will target accumulations of plaque and bacteria that have formed beneath the gum line. We will also smooth the rough surfaces of tooth roots, which are known for attracting bacteria as well. If you practice good oral hygiene techniques following this procedure per our instructions, the progression of gum disease should come to a halt. 

Antibiotic Therapy

Hand holding an antibiotic tablet

In addition to deep cleanings, antibiotic therapy is also an effective way to tackle dangerous infection. These medications can be ingested orally or applied directly to the gum line, depending on the type. When prescribing antibiotics, our goal is to reduce the harmful bacteria left to even smaller numbers and treat small areas that might have been missed during scaling and root planing.