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Amanda McMurphy, DDS Family Dentistry

2318 Pass Rd #9
Biloxi, MS 39531
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Monday–Thursday:
8:00AM–5:00PM

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(228) 207-1548

Periodontal Treatment

When it comes to dental health, creating and maintaining ideal oral hygiene should be any patient’s first priority in taking care of their teeth, mouth, and gums. This is probably the point that our dentists stress the most too, even more so than that ever-present, “Don’t forget your next checkup!” reminder that we hear.

And the message on consistent oral hygiene is repeated for a good reason too. When we don’t take good care of our teeth on a regular basis, this can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. The first stage of such disease is called gingivitis. The Mayo Clinic defines gingivitis as:

“Gingivitis is a common and mild form of gum disease (periodontal disease) that causes irritation, redness and swelling (inflammation) of your gingiva, the part of your gum around the base of your teeth. It’s important to take gingivitis seriously and treat it promptly. Gingivitis can lead to much more serious gum disease called periodontitis and tooth loss.”

The second stage of gingivitis, the one we’ll be focusing on in this article, is called periodontitis. The Mayo Clinic defines periodontitis as:

“Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth. Periodontitis can cause teeth to loosen or lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis is common but largely preventable. It’s usually the result of poor oral hygiene.”

We might think something along the lines of, “I take okay care of my teeth, periodontitis will never happen to me,” but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that close to half of all American adults over the age of thirty suffer from some stage of periodontitis. Ouch. That’s an unpleasant statistic, to say the least.

Treating Periodontitis – It’s Not the End of the Line for Your or Your Family’s Teeth

The adverse effects of periodontitis manifest in the form of tooth decay, tooth loss, pain in the teeth, gums, jaw, etc. But not only can periodontitis usually be prevented with regular oral hygiene but even if one does get periodontitis, there are dental practices that can remedy this so as to prevent tooth loss and further decay.

Periodontal Treatments

If periodontitis is found soon enough, your dentist should be able to address this and prevent further advancement of the condition. This is one of those reasons why dentists always recommend frequent checkups and cleanings, so they can spot conditions like this before they get out of hand.

But should the need arise to perform periodontal treatments, here’s how these would occur:

  • The first approach your dentist would go for would be the least invasive, which would involve tooth scaling and root planing. Tooth scaling uses the “scaler” instrument that we all know too well from dental cleanings, that metallic, hook-like instrument used to scrape tartar and plaque off our teeth. First, this is used, and then a root planing device is used to smooth the surface of the tooth to prevent bacteria from reattaching.
  • If the first approach is not sufficient, the next level of care would be a pocket reduction. Pocket reduction involves folding back the gum tissue around the teeth, removing infectious bacteria from where the teeth meet the gum, and allowing the gums to then reattach to clean, smooth, bacteria-free teeth.
  • Another approach is to use gum grafts if gum recession has occurred and tooth roots are now exposed. In this case, gum tissue will be taken from the patient’s palate or another source, and it will be grafted onto the exposed tooth roots, thereby protecting the teeth and preventing the advancement of periodontitis.

 

These are the primary methods of addressing periodontitis. Your dentist will always opt for the least invasive methods first, only using invasive procedures where necessary.

McMurphy Family Dentistry – Experts in Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal treatments can seem daunting, but at McMurphy Family Dentistry, we are proud to have the knowledgeable staff to make your visits superb in quality of care and service. We are also proud to have expert facilities right here in Biloxi, Mississippi to make your dental experience a brief one, with a feeling of pleasantness, calm, and comfort throughout.

At McMurphy Family Dentistry, we proudly specialize in a wide variety of dental practices for both adults and children. We want the whole family smiling with healthy teeth and gums all around! Call today to schedule an appointment, (228)-207-1548. Our business hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m, to 5:00 p.m. and our office can be easily accessed at 2318 Pass Rd #9, in Biloxi, Mississippi, zip code 39531.

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gingivitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20354453

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/periodontitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20354473

Dr. McMurphy and her team welcome you for the best dental service in Biloxi!

Dr. Amanda McMurphy was born and raised in Meridian, Mississippi. She completed her education at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she earned her Doctorate of Medical Dentistry and received the “Best of Prosthodontics” award. She is married to a local of Biloxi, MS, and they have two daughters, Sloan and Sawyer. In her free time, Dr.McMurphy enjoys sewing and embroidery projects for her girls.

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Amanda McMurphy, DDS Family Dentistry
2318 Pass Rd #9
Biloxi, MS 39531
[ Click For Directions ]
Office Hours
Monday–Thursday:
8:00AM–5:00PM

Call Now!

(228) 207-1548

Amanda McMurphy, DMD

Dr. Amanda McMurphy was born and raised in Meridian, Mississippi. She completed her education at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she earned her Doctorate of Medical Dentistry and received the “Best of Prosthodontics” award. She is married to a local of Biloxi, MS, Austin McMurphy, he is a Pediatric Dentist at Pediatric Dental Specialists in Biloxi and Ocean Springs, and they have two daughters, Sloan and Sawyer. In her free time, Dr.McMurphy enjoys sewing and embroidery projects for her girls.

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Our Team

At McMurphy Family Dentistry, our mission is to provide top quality service and dental care to our community. We work together with our patients to improve and restore dental health. We emphasize empowering our dental patients through education so they can make knowledgeable decisions concerning their oral health. With equal effort, our team strives to create a calm atmosphere so that going to the dentist is a more pleasurable experience.

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What Our Patients Say

4.9
Based on 36 reviews
Anthony Q.
Anthony Q.
Dr. McMurphy and Staff were extremely nice during my cleaning visit. I had one of the best experiences in years! They made sure I felt like family. I... would recommend her to anyone looking for a new dentist!read more
Kay L.
Kay L.
McMurhy Family Dentistry is a top notch professional service, very welcoming and friendly. Dr McMurhy is an awesome dentist, and all the ladies who... had been doing my dental cleanings and Xrays always did a great job. I highly recommend them and will be back in 6 months.read more
Sharon Marie B.
Sharon Marie B.
I am so very grateful for this dental team. I have high anxiety, especially involving dental work. They recognized and addressed all of my concerns... and fears. Everyone in the office is extremely understanding and friendly. I actually look forward to my dental visits now. I trust the hygienists and Dr. McMurphy. She is an amazing and caring person. They certainly treat you like family.read more
Bruce P.
Bruce P.
I have 60 years of dental history and have had some very good and some not so great dentists. Dr McMurphy is one of the best, if not THE best. I had... a very old crown replaced yesterday because decay had gotten under it. Dr McMurphy's chairside manner was superb, the procedure virtually painless, the temporary crown very satisfactory, and a followup call from her 24 hours later affirmed that she cares! And equally important, she took time to discuss in depth with me what I can do to reduce cavities in the future. I thought I already knew all the strategies, but she gave me some new ideas that make perfect sense. On top of everything else, she has the latest technology , she has a terrific staff, and the prices were very reasonable. My wife and I will be sticking with Dr McMurphy!read more
Debbie W.
Debbie W.
Amanda is so compassionate and gentle. She helped this dental phobe get through my smile makeover without fear. I absolutely love my new smile and no... longer feel the need to hide my teeth. 😁 If you’re looking for a gentle dentist who isn’t short on patience, Amanda McMurphy is your girl. Thank you, Amanda for your patience and expertise. You are amazing!read more
Michelle M.
Michelle M.
Dr. McMurphy Family Dentistry practice and staff, are absolutely amazing y'all!! I feel so blessed to have happened upon this gorgeous bunch. Funny,... calming, talented, up to date on latest technology, smile transforming Angel's!
I highly recommend!!
Thank you. I lov​e you all!!😁🫶💜
Michelle Miller
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Cliff C.
Cliff C.
I’ve seen her work first hand. Dr. McMurphy is a great dentist who does great dentistry. Do not hesitate to call her office for your dental care... needs.read more
Angela S.
Angela S.
Dr. Amanda McMurphy is caring and very professional. She makes sure that she addresses the issues with your dental problems and concerns. She’s very... courteous and informative when tending to your dental care and needs. The whole staff is very friendly, caring and kind. I just can’t say enough wonderful things about Dr. McMurphy’s Dental Office and the staff. Thank you Dr. McMurphy and staff for always being so friendly and professional with me and my family.

A. Sewell
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Miranda G.
Miranda G.
Dr. McMurphy and all her staff were extremely polite and attentive. I had seen two dentists at another facility for a filling that fell out. They... told me to “learn to deal with the pain”. Or offered to remove my tooth. I called Dr. McMurphy and her office was able to fit me in same day. She agreed my filling fell out and replaced it same day. Needless to say my pain is completely gone now and I’m so thankful! I will never see another dentist again and my whole family is now scheduled to see her!read more
Anna Ruffin F.
Anna Ruffin F.
Dr McMurphy is so very gentle and sweet to her patients. I always feel so well cared for by her and her staff. She also gives a nice shot which is... saying a lot coming from a dentist wimp like me! ❤️❤️read more
John D.
John D.
I needed an extraction while visiting Biloxi and decided on Dr McMurphy. The problem was assessed quickly and the procedure was friendly and very... professional which put me at ease and soon I was on my way.read more
Roy T.
Roy T.
Visited McMurphy Family Dentist for the first time this week, I've never in my life felt more relaxed and comfortable while being at the dentist!... BEST DENTIST WITH THE BEST STAFF ON THE COAST HANDS DOWN!!!read more
Branden M.
Branden M.
Very professional place of business. Always greeted at the front door as if family. I’ve been to a lot of dentistries on the coast and this one is... by far my favorite. Very friendly and professional establishment.read more
Teri T.
Teri T.
Great dental practice! Both Dr. McMurphy and Tina were great with my son. My son has issues with texture and hates the gritty polish, so Tina used a... different method which was great! No other hygienist has ever offered that option. I appreciate that they go above and beyond here!read more
Cindy D.
Cindy D.
I have had the very best experience with this dental team ! The atmosphere is so family oriented and very pleasant! I have had both cleanings and... repairs, both resulting in wonderful experiences! I highly recommend ❤️😊read more
Hope B.
Hope B.
Amazing dentist. I have had a ton of ortho and dental work done in my life and when I left Amanda’s office it was the first time I had not been in... pain just from a teeth cleaning! Great hygenist, great dentist and great all around staff!read more
Destiny G.
Destiny G.
Sarah was great and Dr. Amanda is genuine! She was able to give me advice for my wisdom teeth when my previous dentist did not. Samantha also called... to see if I wanted to move my appointment a week closer due to a cancellation. All around, amazing team! 🙂read more
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