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What is Periodontal Disease

The term “periodontal”means “around the tooth.”  Periodontal disease (also known as periodontitis and gum disease) is a common inflammatory condition which affects the supporting and surrounding soft tissues of the tooth; also the jawbone itself when in its most advanced stages.

Periodontal disease is most often preceded by gingivitis which is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue.  A bacterial infection affects the gums when the toxins contained in plaque begin to irritate and inflame the gum tissues.  Once this bacterial infection colonizes in the gum pockets between the teeth, it becomes much more difficult to remove and treat.  Periodontal disease is a progressive condition that eventually leads to the destruction of the connective tissue and jawbone.  If left untreated, it can lead to shifting teeth, loose teeth and eventually tooth loss.

Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the developed world and should always be promptly treated.

 

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Periodontics & Implant Center of McKinney 

Dr. Paul P. Chang D.D.S., M.S

            - Board certified Periodontist & Prosthodontist

321 N. Central Expressway., Suite 102
McKinney, Texas  75070
Phone:  972-540-5700  972-540-5700

Fax: 214-544-8700  

McKinney Periodontist; Dr Paul Chang is a board certified periodontist dedicated to excellence in treating periodontal disease (gum disease), gingival (gum) recession, and replacement of missing teeth with dental implants. McKinney periodontics & prosthodontics serving McKinney TX, Frisco TX, Allen TX, FairView TX. Plano TX, Dr Paul P. Chang. DDS MS