how to treat severe gum disease

by K. I. N. Fernando
(Colombo, Sri Lanka)

I have a severe gum disease. May I know how to recover the lost gum? And where I can do it?

Reply:

Thank you for your question. It is impossible to give you a recommendation because I don't know the details of your situation. But I will answer your questions with some general information.

It is important that you see a dentist or gum specialist for an evaluation and treatment recommendation.

The first priority in treating gum disease is to stop its progression. There are several options for removing destructive bacteria and making the teeth and gums easier to keep clean and healthy.

Healthy gums are achieved through a combination of professional treatment and daily home maintenance.

But bacterial destruction and inflammation are not the only factors in some cases of gum disease. Smoking, crowded or misaligned teeth and other factors make gum disease more likely to occur and more difficult to treat.

Gum or bone tissue can be replaced through grafting. These procedures are most successful when there is mild to moderate bone or tissue loss.

For some with advanced gum disease, it makes more sense to replace the diseased teeth with implants, partial dentures or a dental bridge. Implants are by far the best way to replace one or all the teeth but not everyone is a good candidate for implants or wants to invest the money and time required for implants.

Thanks for writing,
~Shelly








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