Reversing periodontal disease can be simple or complex depending on how far it has progressed.
Some experts like to point out that periodontal disease is not curable...once you have it, you always have it. I have never liked hearing that because it sounds so hopeless.
It is true that once you have the disease it could always come back and you will always need to be proactive in controlling it.
But...it is far from hopeless.
With some effort on your part and help from a good dental team, gum disease is very manageable in most cases.
is the first stage of gum disease. It's symptoms are red, swollen, and
bleeding gums. Your gums may be sore but many times are not.
main cause of gingivitis is bacteria in plaque aka dental
biofilm....you know, the fuzzy white stuff that grows on your teeth if
you forget to brush or floss.
Most cases of gingivitis can be reversed simply by keeping plaque off your teeth.
Here is my advice for how to treat gingivitis at home.
periodontitis is the next stage of periodontal disease. If gingivitis
is left untreated it will eventually progress to this stage and the disease
will begin to impact the bone that supports your teeth. Using a
periodontal probe and dental X rays, your dentist or hygienist will be able to see periodontal bone loss.
of periodontitis include gum tissue inflammation (gingivitis) bone loss and
periodontal pockets that measure deeper than normal.
This type of disease needs more attention. It may only require non surgical periodontal treatment such as a dental deep cleaning. Many with this
type of gum disease need to be seen for routine cleaning 3 or 4 times each year until it is fully reversed.
the disease progresses to moderate or severe periodontitis more
treatment will be required to reverse it.
Treatment options for reversing periodontal disease have come a long way and are more tolerable than in years past.
They include traditional gum surgery or LANAP laser gum treatment, bone or gum grafts, or medications.
Most often periodontal disease impacts some teeth more than others it is more advanced in some (localized) areas while other teeth have healthy gum tissue.
The treatment recommendation should take this into account.
This condition doesn't happen overnight, it progresses gradually in most cases. If you are getting regular dental check ups it should be diagnosed early and easily treated.
If periodontal disese does go undiagnosed or untreated for too long, tooth loss is possible.
for these cases, a plan for replacing lost teeth should be part of the long term
Dental implants are ideal for replacing teeth either individually or as a support for dentures.