If you catch gum disease in its early stages, most of the damage can be reversed. However, this isn't the case the entire time. The further along your gum disease gets, the harder it becomes to treat, and the less likely it becomes that the damage can be reversed.
Up until you begin to lose teeth to gum disease, much of it can be repaired, but very little can be done to reverse the process.
Taking Care of Gum DiseaseAt the earliest stages of gum disease, you will likely notice that your gums bleed and swell up. If you get your gum disease treated now, this is totally reversible. However, as each stage progresses from there, the chances of having a perfect smile go down.
If you go past the initial stages of gum disease, you will begin to notice things like gum recession and even pockets that form between your gums and your teeth. Next, your teeth could become more apt to decay, and even fall out.
In most cases, if gum recession happens, a gum graft will need to be done to repair the problems. If gum pockets open up, then we need to go in and do what is called a pocket reduction. This is when the pockets are cut open, the bacteria and infection removed, and the gums are allowed to heal up against the teeth again.
Once teeth fall out, there is nothing that can be done to reverse gum disease. However, there are still repair options available to you, such as getting dentures, a bridge, or even a dental implant.
To find out what stage of gum disease you are currently at, and what can be done to help restore your beautiful, natural smile, give our offices a call and schedule your first appointment.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (602) 900-1609 today.