Periodontics in Greenfield
Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, is a severe gum infection that can lead to damage in the bone that supports your teeth. Luckily, periodontics helps prevent such cases and makes sure your gums and overall dental health are well cared for. At Kraklow Quality Dentistry in Greenfield, WI, Dr. Tom Kraklow will provide exceptional periodontal treatment to keep your gums healthy.
Periodontal Treatment of Gum Disease
Did you know that gum disease is quite common? Caused by poor oral hygiene and health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics show that over 40% of adults aged 30 years and above have some form of gum disease. This number increases with age, climbing up to 70% of adults once we reach the 65-year-old bracket.
Periodontal disease is often characterized by inflammation within the teeth's supporting tissues, leading to more serious oral problems if not treated immediately. When this happens, it requires professional periodontal treatment to prevent or reverse.
Luckily, Dr. Tom Kraklow at Kraklow Quality Dentistry specializes in periodontics to help prevent, diagnose, and treat gum disease. With years of practice and relevant experience, Dr. Kraklow can provide the oral care you need to enhance your smile and keep you healthy.
Currently, Dr. Kraklow provides these types of periodontal treatments:
- Scaling and root planing: Scaling and root planing is the primary method for treating periodontitis and happens when preventative cleaning can no longer tackle plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. Dr. Kraklow uses specially designed tools to remove the buildup found below the gum during this procedure, which will allow your gum tissue to heal and reattach itself better to the tooth. This will help prevent any further contamination and damage caused by bacteria. Usually, Dr. Kraklow administers a local anesthetic to make sure you're comfortable during the periodontal treatment. Dr. Kraklow also provides home care tips to aid in the healing process and improve your everyday oral health.
- Bone graft: In cases when gum disease has already led to tooth loss, a dental implant can be made to replace the lost tooth. One way to do this is via bone graft, where Dr. Kraklow will insert a new piece of bone or synthetic bone-like graft in the area where it needs to heal or join your jawbone. Once done and healed, a dental implant can then be successfully put into place.
Other than tooth loss due to gum disease, bone grafts may also be done for the following cases:
- Bone defects
- Extensive cavities
- Acid erosion
- Cracked teeth
- Missing teeth
- Poorly-fitting dentures
- Bone density weakness
- Other medical conditions
A high percentage of adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of gum disease, but this doesn’t need to happen to you. If you suspect that you have gum disease or need a general oral check-up, you may reach out to Tom Kraklow, DDS at Kraklow Quality Dentistry in Greenfield, WI, and schedule a visit today.