Is Gum Disease Reversible?

Is Gum Disease Reversible

A common question that every person with gum disease wants to know:

Is my gum disease treatable? Can it be reversed?

It depends on the type of gum disease you have.

Gum disease can definitely be treated and stopped from worsening before it causes serious damage to your mouth, jaw and overall health. Depending on what type of gum disease you have, it may even be reversible.

If you understand the different types of gum disease and can diagnose which one you have, then you will be able to determine if it is reversible or not.

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Gingivitis IS reversible. Severe periodontal gum disease is not reversible. It is treatable, however, and can still be stopped from creating severe issues with your teeth.

It is highly recommended that you visit your dentist, who can identify the type and severity of your gum disease and offer you treatment options.

TMJ Pain ReliefIs gingivitis reversible?

Good news! Gingivitis is both treatable and reversible.

Of the different types of gum disease, gingivitis the only gum disease that is reversible. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gum tissue around the teeth caused by plaque built up on your teeth.  Over time it becomes harder and turns into tartar, which also irritates gums. Sometimes the effects are mild enough that people are unaware that they even have it. Pregnant women can be more susceptible to gingivitis.

Because it is usually caused by poor dental habits, gingivitis is preventable. If treated in a timely manner, it is also reversible.

How do you treat gingivitis?

Gingivitis can be reversed by removing the tartar that is built up on your gums. Schedule a trip to your dentist for a professional tartar cleaning of your teeth. Your dentist can remove tartar that is irritating your gums by cleaning and scaling your teeth.

After your dentist has given you a thorough cleaning, you will need to follow up with the proper brushing of the teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. You should also make sure that you are getting an annual checkup to make sure they remain clean.

With a professional cleaning by your dentist, everyday brushing, and flossing, you can reverse gingivitis and have regular, healthy gums again.

Related post: What are the gum disease treatment options?

Tooth ExtractionIs periodontal gum disease reversible?

Periodontitis, or periodontal gum disease is, unfortunately, NOT reversible.

Just because it is not reversible though, does not mean that it cannot be treated.

Periodontal gum disease can be halted with treatment. This is critical because, with successful treatment, you may be able to save teeth that are on their way to being lost. You definitely want to save your teeth if possible. Cosmetic dentistry may be able to correct some of the issues caused by gum disease, such as elongated teeth, but not in all cases.

Related post: Nine facts about gum disease you should know

How do you treat periodontal gum disease?

If your gum disease has advanced from gingivitis to periodontitis, then you will need to see your dentist for advanced treatment. The toxins from the buildup of bacterial plaque on your teeth will affect not just your gums but will spread to the bone and ligaments of your teeth. This will damage the bone and support tissues and your teeth will be in jeopardy and may need to be removed. Even as your teeth begin to near this advanced stage, there still may be treatment options to save them.

Possible periodontal gum disease treatments:

  • Scaling and root planing
  • Pocket reduction procedure
  • Gum grafts
  • Bone grafting and regeneration
  • Brushing, flossing, and maintenance
  • Antimicrobial mouthwash
  • Quitting smoking
  • Ongoing dental checkups and care

We ask that if you believe that you have gum disease, to please make an appointment with an experienced dental professional. There is still hope for your teeth.


Plano Dentist David WilhiteDavid Wilhite is a Plano Dentist specializing in gum disease treatment with over 30 years of experience in general and cosmetic dentistry. He can help you with everything from a consultation, to a check-up, to cleaning, whitening, and full mouth restoration.

Together we will transform your smile!

Contact us online or call us today at (972) 964-3774


What are Gum Disease Treatment Options?

Gum disease treatment options

In this post, we will review the types of gum disease and the most common forms of treatments for each. Learn more about treatments so you can be prepared for a meeting with your dentist.

If you have been diagnosed with gum disease, you are not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control, gum disease affects almost half of all adults in the United States and almost two-thirds of people over the age of 65.

There are three types of gum disease: Gingivitis, Periodontitis, and Advanced Periodontitis. There are some treatments available for each type, depending on how advanced the gum disease has become.

gum disease mouthOnce your gum disease has advanced from Gingivitis to Periodontitis, it is no longer curable though. It can be managed and controlled, and hopefully stopped from advancing, but it is something you will need to treat indefinitely.

When you have been diagnosed with gum disease, your dentist should advise you about treatment options for your particular case. Follow your dentist’s instructions and you should be able to halt your gum disease from advancing.

If you believe you are experiencing signs of gum disease and may have it, please schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately. The sooner you can begin treating the issue the better!


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Only you and your dentist can determine a gum disease treatment program. We will review some of the most common treatments for gum disease below.

Gum Disease Treatments

Properly Brushing Your TeethGingivitis Treatment

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and is caused by excess plaque buildup. Gingivitis can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular cleaning by your dentist. With proper care, you can prevent it from advancing to an incurable form of periodontal gum disease.

Periodontitis Treatment

If gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to the more serious gum disease known as “periodontitis”. In periodontitis, gums begin to pull away from the teeth and this forms spaces (called “pockets”) that become infected. There are many possibilities for periodontitis treatments; you will need to discusss with your dentist to see what will work best for you.

Related: 9 Facts About Gum Disease You Should Know

Nonsurgical Gum Disease Treatment

Your first step in treating periodontitis is a conservative, nonsurgical treatment called scaling and root planing.

Your dentist provides this treatment by scraping and removing the plaque and tartar off of your teeth and root surfaces by scaling, and then smoothing away any roughness on the roots to prevent bacteria from gathering again. This may take more than one visit and a local anesthetic can be used to prevent any discomfort. After this process, the gums will heal and reattach themselves to the healthy, clean surfaces of the teeth. Within a few weeks, your dentist will evaluate your healing and decide if further treatment is necessary.

Pocket Reduction Gum Disease Treatment

After scaling and root planing, if the gum tissue is not fitting snugly around the tooth and you can’t keep the deep pocket area clean, you may be a candidate for periodontal pocket reduction or flap surgery. By folding back the gum tissue, your dentist can remove infectious bacteria and smooth areas of damaged bone, allowing the gum tissue to reattach to healthy bone.

Gum Graft Treatment

Diagnosing Oral CancerExposed roots due to gum recession can be covered with gum grafts, wherein gum tissue is taken from your palate or from another source and used to cover the roots of one or more teeth. Covering exposed roots helps reduce sensitivity and protects your roots from decay while stopping further gum recession and bone loss.

Regenerative Procedures

Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that promotes the growth of bone in an area where bone has been destroyed by periodontal disease. During this treatment, your dentist will eliminate bacteria and then place either natural or synthetic bone in the area of bone loss, along with tissue-stimulating proteins to help your body effectively regrow bone and tissue.

Maintenance

Careful home care is the key to keeping periodontal disease from rearing its ugly head. The care you give to your teeth after treatments will be critical and it’s likely your dentist will dedicate time to making sure you understand proper brushing, flossing, and dental routines.

We hope that this article gives you a general idea of the general gum disease treatment options available. We want to help educate and inform people so they can have the best smile possible.


Plano Dentist David WilhiteDavid Wilhite is a Plano Dentist specializing in gum disease treatment with over 30 years of experience in general and cosmetic dentistry. He can help you with everything from a consultation, to a check-up, to cleaning, whitening, and full mouth restoration.

Together we will transform your smile!

Contact us online or call us today at (972) 964-3774


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9 Facts About Gum Disease You Should Know

Nine facts about gum disease

In this post, we’ll review nine symptoms and facts about gum disease that you should know. Periodontal gum disease is treatable, but you must seek treatment before permanent damage is done.

Do you have gum disease? If you are an adult American, the chances are fairly good that you do. According to a Centers for Disease Control study, almost half of American adults have some form of gum disease.

gum disease fact and statistics

Gum disease is a common condition where the gums become swollen, sore or infected. If you have seen blood when you brush or floss your teeth, then it’s likely this is an early symptom of gum disease – called gingivitis.

Related: What Are the Types of Gum Disease?

Many people have the thought that a little blood when you are brushing your teeth is normal. This may be a common issue, but that doesn’t make it “normal” or “healthy”.

Let’s review this list of nine facts about gum disease so that you know the truth and can make healthy decisions.

Gum disease facts

FACT #1 – Healthy gums don’t bleed

Healthy gums should not bleed when you brush them. Survey statistics show that although a majority of respondents agreed that spitting blood when you brush is a warning sign that something may be wrong, only 24% said it was something serious they should be worried about.

Healthy gums should be firm, pink in color and should not bleed when you brush or floss. If you are seeing these symptoms, you should bring this information to your dentist so they can advise you in order to protect your dental health. Gum disease is treatable early on but will get progressively worse.

Related: What Are the Signs of Gum Disease?

“If you see any blood when brushing, then it’s important to take action to stop it from getting progressively worse.”

FACT #1 – Bleeding gums are caused by a build-up of plaque

The main cause of bleeding gums is the buildup of plaque on teeth near your gums. Plaque is caused by bacteria in the mouth combining with saliva to form a sticky film. Plaque that is not removed will harden into tartar. This buildup leads to inflamed gums. Minor plaque can be removed and prevented by proper brushing and flossing. Serious tartar buildup will need to be treated by your dentist.

Related: Reasons to Floss Your Teeth

Fact #3 – Bleeding gums will NOT go away on their own without treatment

If you have bleeding gums, then this cannot be treated with simple teeth brushing, flossing and mouthwash. This symptom should not be ignored.

Related: Are Bleeding Gums Normal?

Fact #4 – Receding gums will NOT grow back

Although many people are concerned about their bleeding gums, they often don’t seek treatment because they don’t realize how serious the issue can be. Receding gums exposing more of the tooth’s root and will ultimately result in more serious gum disease symptoms. Receding gums cannot grow back by themselves, so once you have reached this level, you must seek professional treatment.

Related: Doomed for Dentures?

Fact #5 – Gum disease, even minor symptoms, is always a serious issue.

Gum disease is a progressive condition that gets worse. If left untreated, even bleeding gums will get worse and potentially lead to the most serious form of gum disease – periodontitis. Periodontitis can cause irreversible symptoms, such as receding gums and even tooth loss.

Related: How To Treat Gum Disease

Tooth ExtractionFact #6 – You should visit the dentist regularly – even when you don’t have issues

Many people only visit the dentist when they have an issue or begin to experience gum disease symptoms. You should attend regularly scheduled check-ups as advised by your doctor. Your dentist may find signs of gum disease or other problems before you develop visible symptoms. This helps you and your dentist begin treatment to prevent issues from getting any worse.

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Fact #7 – Brushing teeth too hard can cause bleeding gums

Brushing your teeth too hard can cause bleeding gums. You should not assume this is the cause of your bleeding gums though since bleeding gums could also be a sign of gum disease. It may be as simple as switching to a soft bristled toothbrush or changing your brushing technique, but you should alk to your dentist if you see blood when you spit after brushing your teeth.

Related: What Order Do I Brush, Floss, Mouthwash?

Fact #8 – Bleeding gums do NOT affect only old people

Gum disease is much more common as you get older, but it can affect people of all ages. There are other factor besides age which can cause gum diseas though, such as poor brushing and flossing, smoking, genetics and family history, diabetes, and stress.

Related: Guideline On Gum Disease Prevention

Fact #9 – Bad breath is a sign of gum disease

Bad breath can be caused by the breakdown of pieces of food in your mouth. More seriously though, bad breath is a symptom of periodontitis which should be treated immediately to avoid complications.

Related: What causes bad breath?


Source: Gum disease symptoms – nine facts YOU didn’t know about the common condition revealed – Express.co.uk

Are you showing potential symptoms of gum disease? We offer you gum disease treatment solutions. Stop minor issues with your teeth and gums before they become a serious problem.

Schedule a free consultation online or call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is an experienced dentist in Plano, Texas who takes the comfort of his patients seriously.


 

Reasons to Floss Your Teeth

In this post, we’ll review the reasons why you should be flossing each day to help maintain good dental health.

Are you flossing your teeth each day?

We sure hope so! Unfortunately, studies have shown that almost one-third of U.S. adults never floss. The most common reasons people give as to why they don’t floss is that they just can’t find the time or that they don’t feel that they need to.

Since we’ve heard “I don’t know why I need to floss” so many times, we’ll review some of the reasons that you should.

  • Flossing prevents bad breath.
  • Flossing decreases bacteria that leads to cavities.
  • Flossing is the best way to remove food particles and plaque to prevent gingivitis (gum tissue) between your teeth.
  • Gum disease is correlated with higher rates of heart disease, a common cause of heart attacks and death.
  • Flossing helps prevent tooth loss. Ten percent of U.S. adults over 55 have no permanent teeth remaining.
  • Tooth loss is correlated with higher rates of dementia.
  • Poor dental health is linked to higher rates of diabetes.
  • Gum disease is related to higher levels of kidney disease.
  • Pathogens can get into your mouth and then enter your body through gums and breathing air into your lungs. Brushing and flossing help stop them.

Flossing your teeth protects your dental health, which helps protect your overall health.

If you don’t already floss, then make a commitment to yourself to start today.


Are you ready for a checkup? Getting to any issues with your teeth early will help prevent issues from becoming serious problems.

Schedule a free consultation online or call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite serves patients in the Plano, Texas area and has 30 years experiences helping people care for and improve their smiles.


 

Gum Disease and Diabetes – Is There a Connection?

Cosmetic DentistryYou may have heard that the health of your mouth, teeth, and gums can reveal symptoms of other many other health issues. 

In the past, we’ve talked about the connection between gum disease and heart disease. We’ve also talked about symptoms such as sleep apnea, TMJ headaches, and dry mouth.

Recently there have been stories in the news about the possible connection between gum disease and diabetes. We’re going to discuss some of the main points that you should understand. If you have further questions, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Diabetes effects more than 420 million people worldwide. Type 1 diabetes is genetic, so people are born with it, but type 2 diabetes can come on at any point in your life.

Many people are still not aware of the connection between diabetes and gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis, a severe form of gum disease.

Related: What are the types of gum disease?

The connection between gum disease and diabetes

Research shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes. Periodontitis is caused by bacteria and people with it will suffer from local inflammation triggered by those bacteria.

People with diabetes are at an increased risk for serious gum disease because they more susceptible to bacterial infection, with a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the gums.

The good news is that gum disease does not cause diabetes.

Gum disease is often a symptom of diabetes, though, so if you are affected by periodontal disease, be sure to visit your medical doctor to make sure it is not a symptom a more serious health problem.

Related: What are the signs of gum disease?

Tips for diabetes patients to prevent gum disease

  • Monitor and control your blood glucose.
  • Brush and floss every day. You are doing that already, right?
  • Visit your dentist twice a year. Let your dentist know that you have diabetes so they can watch for symptoms.
  • Tell your dentist if your gums are sore.
  • Tell your dentist if your dentures no longer fit correctly.
  • If you smoke cigarettes, you should quit because they increase the risks of gum disease.

Do you suspect you have gum disease or may need treatment for periodontal gum disease?

You can schedule a free consultation with Dr Wilhite to discuss your goals, options, pricing, financing, and other information.

Call us at (972) 964-3774


 

What Are the Types of Gum Disease?

Suffering From Gum DiseaseDo you know the types of gum disease?

Gum disease is categorized into three stages, from the somewhat minor and treatable to the comparatively severe.

There are treatments available for all types of periodontal gum disease.

The sooner you can begin treatments the better, because then Doctor Wilhite can help stop your gum disease from becoming more serious.

To evaluate your gum disease or begin treatment,
please call our office at 972-964-3774


THE THREE STAGES OF GUM DISEASE

Gingivitis – The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis.

This is categorized as an inflammation of the gums. You may experience some bleeding of the gums during brushing and flossing. Gingivitis is caused by plaque buildup at the gum line.

Sometimes it can be treated with daily brushing and flossing to remove plaque, although it can often require a professional plaque cleaning from your dentist.

At this early stage in gum disease, permanent damage can be reversed with treatment because the bone and tissue around your teeth are not yet affected.

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Periodontitis – When gingivitis becomes more advanced, it can turn into periodontitis.

This happens when your gingivitis progresses into the deeper tissues that attach your teeth to the bone. Your gums may begin to form a pocket below the gum line, which traps food and plaque.

Periodontitis will eventually result in bone loss of the jaw. About 10% of the population develops full-blown periodontitis with a progressive bone loss.

Even at this stage of advancing gum disease, treatment from Dr Wilhite and careful dental care at home can help prevent further damage.

Periodontitis Treatment

Periodontitis treatment before/after. Actual patient of Dr. Wilhite.

Advanced Periodontitis – This is the most serious and final stage of gum disease.

Advanced periodontitis occurs when the bone and fibers that support your teeth decay. There is a severe bone loss of the tooth’s root.

This can cause your teeth to become loose, abscesses to form, and red, swollen, painful gums. When the periodontitis becomes severe, it can affect your bite.

Aggressive treatment will be required, and if it proves ineffective, teeth may need to be removed.


The best treatment for gum disease is to begin treating it immediately.

With immediate treatment, we may be able to keep it from becoming more severe and causing permanent issues.

Call us at (972) 964-3774 or click here to contact us today for a free consultation and we’ll discuss your goals and options with periodontal gum disease therapy.

We can also discuss our affordable financing and dental insurance options that make it easy to get the dental care you need.