Can gum disease be cured?

June 10, 2019 by Dr Rana Al Falaki

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Gum disease and its effects are both treatable and curable. The level of treatment, ranging from home treatment to surgical procedures, depends on what level of gum disease you suffer from.

Generally speaking, the longer you suffer from gum disease, the more steps that are needed to cure and reverse its effects.

 

Gingivitis

If your gums are inflamed, you may have gingivitis, a precursor to the more serious problem of periodontitis. Gingivitis is caused when a build-up of plaque in the teeth and gums turns into tartar if untreated.

At this stage, gingivitis can be easily cured before it causes more advanced gum disease. Tartar can be removed by a scaling and root plaining procedure, often known as a ‘deep cleaning’ and by use of a tartar-control toothpaste.

 

Periodontitis – Non surgical

When gingivitis turns to periodontitis, there are non-surgical and surgical procedures used to cure the problem. At its earliest stage, a ‘deep cleaning’ may be enough to cure it. Non-invasive laser therapy can also be used to treat gum pockets. More.

-Surgical

Surgery may be required when the area to be treated is hard to reach through other methods. While in surgery, a number of procedures can be performed alongside the treatment to not only cure gum disease but also to fix the damage it causes to your gums and teeth.

 

Reversing the effects

  • Even if you have treatment for gum disease, there may be some consequences that arise as a result of the gum disease in the first place.
  • The most common problem caused by gum disease is tooth loss. While your gums can be cured, any missing teeth will need to be replaced. We can perform dental implant procedures to fix this for you.
  • It’s not only for aesthetics though, missing teeth leave your gums exposed to bacteria and plaque so left untreated, you could develop gum disease all over again.
  • We offer a range of non-surgical and surgical procedures depending on what is suitable to get your gums back to the best health they can be and procedures can be used to help regenerate gums.
  • Once treated, maintaining good oral health is important to slow down or stop any bone loss caused by gum disease if it reached the stage where the structure of your gums and bones were affected.
  • The symptoms of gingivitis and even periodontitis aren’t always obvious so regular check-ups can identify potential problems and provide suitable treatment at the earliest possible stage.

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