Tooth GraphicA periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases (gum disease), and also plans, places and maintains dental implants.

Periodontics is an entire branch of dentistry dedicated to studying the tissues surrounding the teeth, researching new techniques for treating periodontal diseases and replacing missing teeth with dental implants. Periodontists are also known for their excellent handling of the gum tissue while performing periodontal plastic surgery in conjunction with cosmetic dentistry. Alamo Heights Periodontics is proud to have such a skilled and caring periodontist as Dr. Monica A. Flynn. Together, we strive to provide your entire family with great periodontal care and gum treatment in San Antonio, Texas.

What is periodontal disease?

One major cause of gum disease is the build up of bacteria containing tartar on the teeth. This leads to the formation of a gum pocket and bone loss around the tooth. (See figure)

Other factors contributing to gum disease include your overall health, genetic background, bite and personal habits. A periodontist treats gum disease by removing the tartar and bacteria, as well as by helping you to reduce the effect of as many contributing factors as possible. The ultimate goal is to stop and reverse the destruction of gum and bone to prevent tooth loss.