Your mouth doesn’t lie. If you’re suffering from puffy, bleeding, or receding gums, persistent bad breath, or loose or missing teeth, talk to Dr. Fawzi Hijazi of San Antonio Smile Pros about our extensive periodontic services.

Periodontics encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth, as well as the maintenance of the health, function, and appearance of these structures. During the late stages of gum disease, periodontics and prosthodontics often go hand-in-hand.

Our Periodontal Care

What is prosthodontics? Prosthodontics is the art and science of treating complex dental and facial matters, like restoring and replacing damaged or missing teeth. Our in-house prosthodontist and prosthodontics team specializes in offering the best dental implants, crowns, dentures, and more.

The Basics

What is a prosthodontist, and why should you see one? Prosthodontists (like Dr. Hijazi) have additional, advanced training in restorative dentistry and replacing teeth.

There are various reasons why one might need to visit a prosthodontist. Whether you were born with a congenital condition, suffered from a traumatic injury or oral cancer, or want to boost the way your smile looks, you can receive exceptional tooth-replacement services at a prosthodontist’s office.

Still curious about premier periodontics near me?

For practical and convenient periodontics, schedule an appointment with the San Antonio Smile Pros dental implants and dentures specialists.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some warning signs of gum disease?

Fortunately, gum disease does not emerge overnight, and consistent, frequent dental visits can ensure that this common disease remains managed. Some common warning signs of gum disease include:

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums when brushing
  • Oral sores
  • Shifting or losing teeth
How many stages of periodontal disease are there?

When periodontists look at the gums, they place them in 1 of 4 categories:

  • Healthy Gums are tight and pink. Also, they help anchor teeth in place.
  • Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease (and happens to be the only reversible stage). It’s showcased by plaque build-up, tenderness, inflammation, and bleeding.
  • Periodontitis occurs when unwanted plaque below the gumline hardens into stubborn tartar (calculus). When plaque and tartar continue to accumulate, the gums recede (or pull away) from the teeth and form pockets between the teeth and gums.
  • Advanced Periodontitis happens when the gums recede farther away from the teeth. Consequently, advanced periodontitis dismantles periodontal ligaments and bone in its path of destruction—leading to loose teeth that likely need extraction.
How does gum health impact overall health?

Theoretically, your gingival status impacts your all-encompassing physical health. Many researchers blame inflammation since periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease. So, the status of your gums can worsen (or better) some aspects of your overall health.

 For instance, if you have diabetes and gum disease, diabetes tends to worsen the inflammatory response in your gums (and vice versa).