Gum Disease Treatment – San Antonio, TX

Taking Care of Your Gums

Man and woman with healthy smiles after gum disease treatment

Protecting your teeth is important, but you also need to keep your gums healthy if you want to keep your entire smile safe. Nearly half of all adults have some form of gum disease, which can easily cause tooth loss when it’s not treated in time. While early gum disease can sometimes be reversed with improved oral hygiene, it never pays to take chances with your oral health. If your gums have been red, swollen, or bleeding lately, call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel and see if you could benefit from periodontal disease treatment in San Antonio, TX.

Why Choose HIC Dental - Implant & Family Dentistry for Periodontal Disease Treatment?

  • Thorough, Gentle Scaling and Root Planing
  • Family-Oriented, Homey Dental Office
  • Low Wait Times and Convenient Hours

Scaling & Root Planing

Woman pointing to smile after scaling and root planing

Scaling and root planing are two halves of the deep cleaning process that’s often required when you have gum disease. The process focuses specifically on your gum line and the roots of your teeth. Scaling allows us to get rid of the plaque and bacteria buildup that’s harming the gums. We can then perform root planing to smooth out the rough surfaces of the tooth roots. It’s easier for the gums to reattach themselves to smoother roots.


Antibiotic Therapy

Animated smile during antibiotic therapy treatment

Even after scaling and root planing, some bacteria may remain deep within your gums, which is why antibiotic therapy is often prescribed to help with the recovery process. We can apply an antibiotic called Arestin® to the pockets that have formed between the teeth and gums as a result of gum disease. The antibiotic is contained in a number of microspheres; over the next couple of weeks, it’s released to continue to fight the infection.