Periodontal Care Specialist

Key City Dental Studio

Karen Key, DDS

General Dentist located in Abilene, TX

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a common but serious disease that could lead to tooth loss and other health problems. Karen Key, DDS, of Key City Dental Studio offers preventive periodontal care and up-to-date periodontal treatments from her office in Abilene, Texas. For comprehensive periodontal care, call or schedule an appointment with her office online today.

Periodontal Care Q & A

What is periodontal disease?

Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, is an infection of the gums that can cause tooth and bone loss. As many as 75% of all adults have some form of periodontal disease, which can increase your risk for poor circulation, heart disease, and stroke.

Periodontal disease is actually a combination of two conditions:


Gingivitis is an infection of the gums that causes inflammation and irritation. Bacteria that grow in tartar, which is the hardened material that develops from plaque, cause gingivitis.


Periodontitis is a progressed form of gingivitis, caused by the spread of infection deep into the gums and bone tissue. Periodontitis causes bone and tooth loss, and potential further infection.

By preventing and treating gingivitis early, you can avoid progression to periodontitis, tooth loss, and increased health risks.

What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

There may not be symptoms initially, which is why many people may not realize they have gingivitis or progressive periodontal disease. At Key City Dental Studio, Dr. Key checks for signs of gingivitis or periodontitis with every dental check-up.

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of gingivitis and periodontal disease. These include:

  • Red, tender, or swollen gums
  • Painful or tender gums
  • Unpleasant breath or taste in the mouth
  • Loose tooth
  • Receding gums, or gums pulling away from the teeth
  • Increased spaces between teeth

If you have signs of periodontal disease, Dr. Key initiates a personalized periodontal care plan.

What is periodontal care?

Periodontal care begins with early detection of gingivitis during your regular dental exam with Dr. Key. Periodontal disease is easier to prevent than to treat, so identifying the early stages of periodontal disease is important.

If you have gingivitis, Dr. Key gives you special oral care instructions to include in your daily regimen. If you have periodontitis or periodontal disease, periodontal care includes:

Periodontal cleaning

Regular periodontal cleaning removes tartar deposits from the surface of your teeth. Cleanings are done every 3-6 months, depending on the severity of your periodontal disease.

Scaling and root planing

Scaling and root planing is a deeper type of cleaning, which smooths the surface of and removes infectious tartar from the roots of the teeth. This helps the gums reattach to the roots of teeth.

Dr. Key plans your personalized periodontal care and course of treatment, depending on your stage of periodontal disease and its severity. In advanced stages, your periodontal care may include tooth extraction. If this is necessary, Dr. Key offers restorative services such as crowns and bridges.

For a dental exam and personalized periodontal care, call or schedule an appointment online with Key City Dental Studio.