Treating Gum Disease in Houston from William Krell, DDS
Gum disease is a serious dental condition that can quickly affect your overall health. Houston dentist Dr. William Krell has provided non-surgical gum disease treatment to patients for over 30 years. His experience and continuing education have led to a deep understanding gum disease therapy. Dr. Krell strives to educate his patients about the effects of gum disease and stop the progression of periodontitis.
What is Gum Disease?
The term gum disease refers the infection of the soft tissue that surrounds and supports teeth. The first stage of the disease is gingivitis, which produces inflammation and redness of the gums, caused by the build-up of bacteria and tartar along the gum line. If left untreated, bacteria and debris settle into the spaces between the teeth and gums. This progresses into advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis. In this stage, bacteria continue to attack soft tissue, down to the bone, which will eventually loosen teeth and lead to tooth loss. Dr. Krell works to stop the progression of gum disease and rebuild the health of your gums and bone.
Gum Disease Linked to Overall Health
Gum disease is preventable when patients practice good dental hygiene and regularly visit their dentists for cleanings. During these regular cleanings, tartar is removed and disease causing bacteria is eliminated. Recent studies have suggested a link between gum disease and other health complications, such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease, which makes biyearly visits to your dentist important to your physical health.
Gum Disease Treatment
When treating gum disease, Dr. Krell utilizes several different techniques and treatments to reverse damage. Our Houston dental office uses an ultrasonic scaler to remove bacteria and debris in the gum pockets. This innovative equipment is adjustable for patient comfort and is highly effective in thoroughly cleaning the affected area. In addition to non-surgical scaling and root planing, advanced antibiotic therapy is used to treat bacteria. These forms of treatment have been shown to improve gum health and prevent bone loss.
For more serious cases where the infection has already caused severe damage to the jawbone, patients may require a bone graft to strengthen the weakened tissue. This can prevent further bone loss as well as adjacent tooth loss. During these bone grafting procedures, Dr. Krell uses conservative techniques to protect healthy teeth and tissue, while focusing on patient comfort.
Contact Us Today!
Dr. William Krell is dedicated to improving your overall health and the restoring your smile after gum disease. Contact our Houston office today to learn more about preventing and treating gum disease or to schedule an appointment.