San Antonio Veneers and Implants

Hygiene/Periodontal Health

In addition to the meticulous cleaning, polishing, and examination of your teeth, we also take the time to help our patients develop proper oral hygiene habits at home. We will evaluate your hygiene techniques and make adjustments to your routine where needed. Our doctor and hygienist will also make suggestions for preventative measures such as dental sealants or nightguards to protect against bruxism & TMD...(jaw joint disfunction)

If we feel that you are suffering from gingivitis or more severe gum disease, we may recommend a root scaling & planing....in conjunction with the Perio Protect system AND Non-surgical Laser treatment. Using these treatments In combination, 99% of Periodontal Disease cases can be brought under COMPLETE CONTROL. These measures ARE instrumental in preventing bone loss and helping you to keep your natural teeth. There is also EXTREMELY STRONG CLINICAL EVIDENCE that Eradication of the bacteria that are involved in Periodontal disease can also reduce the chances of other Systemic Diseases. ASK DR. Knight or your Physician about the Oral Systemic Link!!!!

Oral Cancer Screenings
During a dental exam, the doctor will check your neck and oral tissues for lumps, red or white patches or recurring sore areas.

Screening for early changes in the oral tissue can help detect cancer at a stage when it can be more successfully treated.

Smoking, especially combined with heavy alcohol consumption (30 drinks a week or more), is the primary risk factor for oral cancer. In fact, this combination is estimated to be the most likely trigger in about 75 percent of oral cancers diagnosed in this country. Other lifestyle and environmental factors also may increase your risk of developing oral cancer.

Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure in which the hygienist removes plaque and tartar from below the gum line. Root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed with specially designed instruments. It is important to remove the plaque and tartar from below the gum line (pockets), because aside from the bacterial toxins that irritate the gums, plaque and the rough surfaces of tartar make it easier for bacteria to gain a foothold and cause chronic inflamation and bleeding. This type of deep cleaning is most always done with anesthetic in place to avoid the obvious discomfort of going so deep between the teeth and under the gum tissue.

Periodontal disease is an insidious, silent disease. Once it has gained a foothold and deteriorated the bone between/around the teeth...little can be done to gain back the lost bone/tooth support. Initial Scaling and root planing followed with routine periodontal maintenance AND daily use of the PerioProtect method for life....will usually halt the progression of periodontal disease. If progression of the disease occurs after initial therapy...the patient will be referred to a gum specialist for more aggressive care/treatment. Dr. Knight can not stress enough the importance of prevention of periodontal disease. Routine exams and cleanings...along with proper oral hygiene are the core of prevention.