Gum Disease Treatment

Gum Disease Treatment

At McKinney Dental, we understand the importance of healthy gums in maintaining overall oral health. That’s why we offer comprehensive gum disease treatment to help patients in McKinney, TX, and surrounding areas maintain healthy gums and prevent the progression of periodontal disease. Dr. Mary Zoe Collier DDS and our experienced team are committed to providing personalized care and effective treatments to address gum disease and restore the health of your smile.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a common oral health condition characterized by inflammation and infection of the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. It is caused by the buildup of plaque and tartar on the teeth, which can lead to gum irritation, bleeding, swelling, and eventually, tooth loss if left untreated.

Types of Gum Disease:

  1. Gingivitis: Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease and is characterized by inflammation of the gums. Symptoms may include red, swollen, and bleeding gums, especially during brushing or flossing. Gingivitis can usually be reversed with professional dental cleanings and improved oral hygiene habits.
  2. Periodontitis: If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease. Periodontitis involves the destruction of the supporting structures of the teeth, including the gums, periodontal ligament, and bone. Without intervention, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss and other serious health complications.

Gum Disease Treatment Options:

  1. Professional Dental Cleanings: Regular dental cleanings are essential for removing plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and gums, reducing the risk of gum disease and maintaining optimal oral health.
  2. Scaling and Root Planing: For patients with early-stage gum disease, scaling and root planing may be recommended. This deep cleaning procedure involves removing plaque and tartar from below the gumline and smoothing the tooth roots to promote healing and prevent further infection.
  3. Periodontal Maintenance: Patients with advanced gum disease may require ongoing periodontal maintenance to control the progression of the disease and prevent recurrence. This may involve more frequent dental cleanings and additional treatments as needed.
  4. Antibiotic Therapy: Antibiotics may be prescribed to help control bacterial infection and inflammation associated with gum disease. They may be taken orally or applied directly to the affected areas of the gums.
  5. Surgical Intervention: In severe cases of gum disease, surgical procedures such as gum grafting, flap surgery, or bone grafting may be necessary to repair damaged tissues and restore periodontal health.

Preventing Gum Disease:

  • Practice good oral hygiene habits, including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash.
  • Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings to monitor your oral health and address any issues early.
  • Avoid tobacco use, as it can increase the risk of gum disease and other oral health problems.
  • Eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to support overall oral and systemic health.

Schedule Your Gum Disease Evaluation:

Don’t let gum disease compromise your oral health and quality of life. Schedule an appointment for a gum disease evaluation at McKinney Dental today. Dr. Mary Zoe Collier DDS and our skilled team will assess your oral health, discuss your treatment options, and develop a personalized plan to help you achieve healthy gums and a beautiful smile.