Patients who visit us for treatment of gum disease turn to KRK Implant Center for our advanced care for serious oral health conditions.
Doctor Krueger and his team will provide you with the care you need to treat gum disease. With our treatment, you can improve your comfort, preserve your jawbone and teeth, and protect your smile.
Understanding Gum Disease
When plaque builds up on your teeth, it can lead to a bacterial infection. If left unchecked:
- The infection can attack the fibers and bone holding your teeth in place.
- The gums may separate from the teeth and develop pockets where more bacteria can grow.
- Over time, bone may erode and your teeth may loosen.
Daily oral care at home, such as brushing your teeth and flossing, can help prevent the build-up of plaque. However, some people are more susceptible to gum disease and should note any discomfort, discoloration, or loose teeth and inform their dentist or periodontist of these concerns.
Why Gum Disease Patients Seek Treatment
Many patients aren’t aware they have a problem until their dentist or dental hygienist diagnoses the issue during a routine examination. A general dentist will often discover the problem by reviewing x-rays and probing the gums around the teeth. He or she may notice there is more space than there should be between the teeth and gums.
However, there are some clear signs to look for between dental visits. If you have bad breath or bleeding gums, seek treatment quickly to avoid further damage. Since gum disease can affect one tooth or many teeth, it’s important to notice changes anywhere they occur. Even if your front teeth don’t show signs, a tooth in the back of your mouth may become sensitive or loose as gum disease progresses. Be particularly vigilant if you are pregnant or diabetic, as these conditions increase your risk.
Your Experience with KRK Implant Center
Gum-disease patients usually begin with conservative treatment:
- KRK Implant Center will take x-rays to identify pockets and to see whether bone loss has occurred.
- Doctor Krueger will perform deep cleaning, scaling, and root cleaning to remove plaque and stop infection. He can numb the area to provide greater comfort during the procedure.
- During treatment, Doctor Krueger will instruct you how to clean effectively with your toothbrush, water pick, and floss, along with interproximal brushes.
After four to twelve weeks, you will return to our office for a follow-up visit, when Doctor Krueger will check and advise you. He will evaluate whether you are still having discomfort, whether the pockets have become more shallow or have healed, and whether you can continue with simply a home oral-care regimen.
However, some damage is permanent and may require further treatment to correct. In these cases, Doctor Krueger will recommend a surgical approach that will help resolve the gum disease and provide you with a healthier, more comfortable smile.
Contact the offices of KRK Implant Center to discuss treatment for gum disease. Call us at 210.826.3946, or reach us online at kruegerimplants.com.