Periodontal (gum) disease is a serious threat to a person’s oral health – especially when it advances into its most aggressive stages. Advanced gum disease is actually the leading cause of tooth loss because it erodes and destroys the support structures of teeth (gums and bone). If caught in its earliest stages, gum disease is curable with professional cleanings and vigilant oral hygiene practices. When gum disease begins to advance or is diagnosed in an aggressive stage, it must be managed with periodontal therapy such as scaling and root planing. Thompson Dental offers treatments for various stages of gum disease customized to a person’s unique needs.

Causes of Gum Disease

A few factors contribute to periodontal disease. First and most commonly, the development of tartar buildup inflames and irritates the gums, causes recession of the gum line, and increases the risk of infection. Hormonal fluctuations like those that occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause increase the risk for gum disease since they increase blood flow throughout soft tissues in the body and therefore make the gingiva more sensitive. Medications that dry the mouth and lifestyle choices like drinking or smoking also contribute to gingival inflammation. Lastly, genetic predispositions and certain conditions like diabetes can contribute to an increased risk for periodontal disease. Patients who are going through times of hormonal ebbs and flow or those with an increased risk for gum disease should practice thorough and meticulous hygiene.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

The onset of gum disease can be asymptomatic, and in most cases, symptoms become more noticeable as the condition progresses. The most common symptoms of periodontal disease include having gums that bleed during brushing or flossing along with a receding gum line that exposes more of the tooth’s structure to oral debris and bacteria. Other symptoms include gums that appear swollen, red and purple. They may also develop sores and look infected. In advanced cases of this condition, teeth can become loose, which can eventually lead to tooth loss because the infection present in periodontal disease has destroyed gums and bone mass surrounding a tooth’s root. Since the symptoms of gum disease can vary, it is best to keep regular appointments. Having routine checkups and cleanings greatly increase your chances of detecting potential problems in their earliest stages.

Treatment Options

Thompson Dental offers periodontal therapy for those suffering from various stages of gum disease. The effects of early staged gum disease can be mitigated with increased vigilance through oral hygiene and professional dental cleanings. If gum disease has caused the formation of periodontal pockets over three millimeters in diameter, periodontal therapy (also called scaling and root planing) will be prescribed. Scaling and root planing are two procedures that are performed together. These procedures are a non-surgical approach that removes the accumulation of tartar deep between teeth and below the gum line. The roots of teeth are also gently smoothed so that the attachment of tartar in the future is less likely. Scaling and root planing will also help promote the generation and subsequent reattachment of gingiva along the anterior and posterior sides of teeth and in between teeth where periodontal pockets have formed.

In addition to scaling and root planing, other treatment options might include the use of prescribed oral rinses, antibiotics and specialized oral hygiene instruments that can be used at home. Since periodontal disease is such a threat to oral health and well being, our team at Thompson Dental is committed to combating this disease with effective and proactive treatment protocols. Call our office today to reserve a consultation.

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Common Questions

Periodontal disease is a common oral health condition that involves the inflammation, irritation, and infection of gingival tissue. This condition, without treatment, can lead to the destruction of the entire oral health system. Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss and it can destroy bone mass because of the chronic infection associated with it.

A common indicator of periodontal disease is gum recession. A receding gum line is caused by tartar buildup. When plaque is not removed by brushing and flossing, it will harden into a tartar – a calcified substance that can only be removed by professional dental instruments used during cleanings. As tartar builds up along the gum line, the gums will literally pull away from teeth as an inflammatory response. By pulling away, tartar will continue to build up along the roots of teeth. Receding gums affects the teeth by weakening their support system.

If you notice bleeding gums, do not stop brushing or flossing. Continue to brush and floss gently and thoroughly. In the meantime, call our office to schedule a checkup so we can evaluate the health of your gums and screen for periodontal disease. After an examination, we can determine if you require periodontal therapy to restore your oral health.

If our team recommends periodontal therapy, it is for good reason. Periodontal therapy can prevent the progressive destruction of oral tissue. It can also manage very advanced gum disease to protect a patient from tooth loss.


1550 S. Custer Rd., Ste 100.,
McKinney, TX 75072

(972) 727-3941

FAX: (972) 347-9960

Meet Dr. Thompson

Dr. Thompson is an accomplished dentist, Air Force veteran, and is a member of the ADA, the Texas Dental Association, and the North Texas Dental Society. Along with contributing to the community and serving his patients, Dr. Thompson enjoys spending time with his family and friends and is very involved with his church, Cottonwood Creek Baptist.

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