What Should I Do About Receding Gums?

San Antonio receding gums patients usually seek treatment after they notice that the tissue around their teeth has worn away significantly. The recession may have already exposed the tooth root and created a pocket where bacteria can grow.

 

At this stage, the condition may have already loosened the teeth and weakened the jawbone. KRK Implant Center doesn’t want the issue to reach this point before patients respond. That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs and take action early.

Consider the Causes of Receding Gums

You can prevent receding gums by avoiding certain behaviors or recognizing specific causes. The most common include:

  • Improper oral care and periodontal disease;
  • Genetic predisposition;
  • Overly-aggressive toothbrushing;
  • Tobacco use; and
  • Tooth grinding.

Essentially, any ongoing irritation of the gums and teeth can make your gums recede. If you meet any of these criteria, be especially vigilant about changes in your mouth.

How San Antonio Receding Gums Patients Can Fight the Condition

Understanding the causes should give you some insight into preventing or resolving the condition.

 

First, make sure you are brushing and flossing your teeth correctly. This means using proper technique so you don’t irritate the gums, and cleaning your mouth regularly, as recommended by your dentist.

 

Speaking of dentists, be certain you are seeing your general practitioner on a regular basis. He or she will be able to recognize the early signs of gum recession and can often advise you on handling the condition.

 

If you know that your parents dealt with receding gums at some point, you may be more susceptible to oral health problems. The same is true if you smoke or chew tobacco, or if you grind your teeth. In any of these cases, take note if your teeth appear longer than normal or if your gums seem to be moving away from the teeth.

Treatment for Receding Gums

KRK Implant Center can treat mild gum recession with a deep cleaning, which involves tooth scaling and root planing. Essentially, it’s a treatment that targets the build-up of plaque and tartar under and above the gum line. Doctor Krueger uses a local anesthetic to allow you to be more comfortable during the process.

 

After your deep cleaning, Doctor Krueger will evaluate your progress and advise you whether you require further treatment. Most patients respond very well to deep cleaning, but there are additional procedures we offer to address the most serious cases, including gum surgery and other treatment that can repair damage to teeth and bone.

 

Learn more about the care KRK Implant Center offers in San Antonio. Patients with receding can contact us at 210.826.3946 or fill out the form on the right.

How to Wage an Epic Battle Against Gum Disease

San Antonio gum disease patients wait to call KRK Implant Center when their symptoms have already become severe. They’re bothered by irritated and bleeding gums, oral sensitivity, and teeth that shift or move, and they’re ready to fight back.

 

We care about our patients, and we would rather they manage these concerns before they require an advanced procedure. Learn how to protect yourself against gum disease at every stage of its progression and how we can support your treatment.

Home Care to Prevent Gum Disease

Bacteria thrive in your mouth when you have a build-up of plaque and tartar. These organisms begin to attack the gums, causing the irritation, swelling, and sensitivity that precede periodontal disease.

 

To defend yourself at this stage:

  • Brush your teeth regularly.
  • Floss carefully and thoroughly.
  • Note any changes in the appearance of teeth or gums.

Home care is one of the most simple measures for maintaining oral health for patients in San Antonio.

Gum Disease and Dental Cleanings

Your general practitioner dentist is your ally in the battle against gum disease. He or she is on the front line, performing regular cleanings and examinations of your gums and teeth.

 

By visiting your dentist as recommended, you may be able to prevent gingivitis or periodontitis. You will also be able to track the progress of disease if, for some reason, the general dentist is unable to resolve a growing concern. In this case, you may receive or request a referral to KRK Implant Center for advanced treatment.

Scaling and Surgery

In cases where gum disease is advancing, it’s time to call the expert. KRK Implant Center will:

  • Perform a thorough examination of the issues concerning you and identify the causes and status of your gum disease.
  • Recommend an approach for resolving these concerns.
  • Answer any questions you have about our procedures.

Doctor Krueger usually begins treatment with scaling and root planing. This is non-surgical procedure removes bacteria, plaque, and tartar to eliminate gum irritation and disease. Doctor Krueger will use a local anesthetic to insure your comfort, and he will perform this deep cleaning to get to the source of your disease..

 

We will evaluate your body’s response to the procedure after two to three months, and determine whether you require further treatment. Doctor Krueger has expertise in several treatment options that can reduce the size of the pockets that are trapping bacteria, strengthen weakened bone, and restore teeth that you may have lost.

 

Learn more about winning the battle. San Antonio gum disease patients can contact KRK Implant Center at 210.826.3946 or fill out the form on the right.

Do You Have Periodontal Disease?

San Antonio periodontal disease patients generally aren’t familiar with the condition until they are diagnosed.  They usually notice symptoms, or their general dentist refers them to KRK Implant Center for advanced care.

 

Our practice wants you to understand what periodontal disease is and how it appears –from the early onset to more serious stages — so you can take action as soon as possible. Read on to learn more.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is actually a general term for a group of diseases that affect the tissues supporting your teeth. This usually refers to the gums and the surrounding bone.

 

The cause of the disease is bacteria, which grows as plaque builds up on the teeth. Most people can eliminate this build-up with proper brushing, flossing, and dental visits, but plaque can become more durable and form tartar without the right care. The resulting increase in bacteria can irritate the gums and weaken the bone over time.

What Signs Should I Look For?

For patients in San Antonio, periodontal disease symptoms start with:

  • Red, irritated gums
  • Gums that bleed easily with vigorous brushing
  • Discomfort or sensitivity around the gums.

If you notice these changes in the appearance or feel of your gums, it’s time to take action. At this stage, the gums have a mild form of the disease — gingivitis — that you can typically resolve on your own with proper oral hygiene or with the help of your general dentist.

 

Waiting on treatment for periodontal disease may have some serious consequences. If unattended it can progress to periodontitis, a condition that can impact the strength and stability of your teeth and jawbone. You may have periodontitis if:

  • Your gums have begun separating from your teeth and forming pockets, which may become infected.
  • You have bad breath you can’t seem to improve.
  • You feel pain while chewing, or your teeth are more sensitive in general.
  • Your teeth become loose and require removal.

By the time you seek treatment for periodontitis, periodontal disease has progressed from a condition you can resolve with simple measures to a concern requiring the attention of a skilled dental professional.

 

It’s at this point that your dentist may refer you to KRK Implant Center, where Doctor Krueger can conduct a thorough examination and make a recommendation for your care. We offer several treatments that can resolve the condition permanently, and are happy to discuss all of these options with you.

 

Learn more about KRK Implant Center’s solutions for San Antonio periodontal disease patients. Call for an initial consultation at 210.826.3946 or fill out the form on the right.

What Distinguishes a Periodontist from a Regular Dentist?

It is likely your general dentist referred you to KRK Implant Center for treatment. As a San Antonio periodontist, Doctor Krueger provides specialized care and surgical experience that supplements your dentist’s work. But how is a periodontist different from your general dentist?

 

A periodontist focuses specifically on preventing, diagnosing, and treating diseases that affect tooth-supporting structures, including the gums and bone. He or she also receives training in cosmetic treatments such as dental implants. Learn how this training and years of experience have prepared Doctor Krueger to support your needs.

Advanced Education

Like your general dentist, a periodontist attends a dental school program, which typically requires four years of post-graduate classroom and laboratory studies.  During the final two years, most dental students treat patients in clinics.

 

Periodontists continue their studies, however. They must take a national examination and complete an application for admission for additional graduate training, which usually lasts three years. In graduate school:

 

  • Periodontal students learn about the development of gum disease and bone conditions.
  • Graduate students get a broad perspective on the effects oral disease can have on other systems in the body.
  • They become adept in placing dental implants and performing other procedures.

Training also allows your periodontist to interact with other medical disciplines and gain expertise in advanced surgical techniques, including regenerative surgery, periodontal plastic surgery, and dental implant placement. In addition, their training in sedation and anesthesia methods provides greater safety during the surgical procedures they perform.

Specialization in Procedures

The biggest difference between general dentists and a periodontist like Doctor Krueger is that he spends most of his time placing dental implants, conducting cosmetic oral surgeries, and treating periodontal disease.

 

Much like anything in life, the more you practice, the greater your expertise. Doctor Krueger places hundreds and hundreds of dental implants each year, and his more than three decades of experience allow him to recognize and treat periodontal concerns effectively and efficiently.

 

If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Krueger’s work as a San Antonio periodontist, contact our practice at 210.826.3946 or fill out the form on the right.