The short answer is no. Most cases of gum disease,
especially periodontal disease, can’t be completely cured. And with roughly
half the population having gum disease to some degree, the focus probably
shouldn’t be on curing something so persistent and pervasive. That energy
should be put into dental visits and lifestyle changes to ensure that gum
disease is properly managed. So let’s take a look at some things your dentist
can do to keep periodontal disease in check, as well as things you can work on
away from the dentist’s chair.
Dentist Can Do
When gum disease progresses to periodontitis, even the most
diligent efforts to brush and floss like clockwork everyday won’t stop the
disease. At best, it’ll merely slow periodontitis. You’ll need professional
Here are some of the major procedures your dentist can
deliver to help you get periodontitis under control:
periodontitis can quickly eat away at gum tissue, but your dentist can graft
new tissue in areas where your gums have been ravaged by the disease.
lengthening: For a tooth that has worn down too much, to the point it’s
at the gum line or even below it, your dentist can reshape your teeth and gums to
make more of the tooth visible - so
you’ll have more teeth in your smile and less gums.
Pocket elimination: Typically performed when all
non-surgical options have been ruled out, this procedure entails folding the
gums back, trimming away diseased tissue and then recontouring the gums against
Can Do at Home
The best thing you can do at home is diligently maintain
your teeth and gums, which will become even
more critical in the weeks and months following a procedure at the
dentist’s office. To properly heal and the to prevent new problems, your
dentist will provide you with detailed aftercare steps to follow.
Find out if you have gum disease and, if so, how
advanced it is. Click
here to schedule a consultation with a local periodontist in Chicago, IL.
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