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Gum Disease Therapy – McKinney, TX

Treat, Manage and Improve Your Gum Disease

Gum disease is one of the most common conditions not just around the country, but around the world as well. What’s even more unsettling is the number of individuals with periodontitis, a more advanced form of gum disease that can potentially damage gum and bone tissue permanently. With comprehensive gum disease therapy, you can prevent tooth loss and improve the overall condition of your gums.

Dr. Hegazin and his team have the knowledge and tools to get your gum health back on track. Call their office today to get started handling your untreated gum disease.

How Does Gum Disease Develop?

A mouth with mild gum disease

The number one cause of gum disease is plaque development. When plaque collects in the mouth due to poor oral hygiene, bacteria inside that plaque begins to irritate the sensitive gum tissue. This causes the tissue to become red, tender and inflamed. After enough time, the connective tissue holding teeth inside the gums begins to breakdown. Periodontitis can easily set in if your gums aren’t given proper treatment. This condition require professional intervention from a dentist through gum disease therapy.

What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

A mouth receiving gum therapy

In the early stage of gum disease also known as gingivitis, blood may start to appear after you finish brushing or flossing. This is a sign that you need to brush and floss more often as well as see the dentist for a cleaning. However, other symptoms should be taken into consideration. These include:

  • Red or purple gums
  • Tender, swollen, puffy or sensitive gums
  • Receding gums or teeth that appear longer than usual
  • A difference in the way your denture fits
  • Chronic bleeding of the gums
  • Pain while chewing

How Does Scaling and Root Planing Help?

A person with gum disease

Scaling and root planing are the first lines of defense against prolonged gum disease. Scaling is the process of removing hardened plaque (tartar) from along and beneath the gum line. Only a dentist can perform this procedure, which means no amount of at-home brushing or flossing will remove it entirely. Root planing is a procedure that works to smooth out the roots of teeth. This makes it easier for them to reattach to gum tissue after the plaque is removed.

Both scaling and root planing have been proven to effectively treat and manage gum disease symptoms. However, there are some cases where antibiotic therapy may be utilized as well to prevent future infection. This antibiotic is usually taken orally or placed within the pockets of the gums during treatment. Both are effective methods for administering antibiotics for those recovering from significant gum disease.

Gum disease doesn’t have to be a fact of life. You can begin the process of reversing your condition today by contacting our office and scheduling an appointment. Dr. Hegazin is more than happy to review your condition and offer his periodontal services to patients in the McKinney area!

Ask Dr. Hegazin Any questions? We’re ready to help.