Is gum disease reversible?

If you are diagnosed with gingivitis, the earliest stage of gum disease, this form of inflammation is reversible. 

However, periodontitis, which has several advanced stages of infection, is not reversible. But it can be managed with the proper treatment and periodontal maintenance program. 

A special deep cleaning will remove tartar and bacteria from your teeth and the roots below the gumline. We use a topical anesthetic, eliminating the need for needles while providing comfortable treatment. We use a combination of instruments and an ultrasonic cleaner to gently and thoroughly remove debris and tartar, which will promote healing.

 Periodontal cleanings typically take longer than one hour. We will provide you with an estimate of treatment time, so you can plan accordingly.

Once this special dental cleaning is complete, our hygienist will arrange a periodontal maintenance treatment plan, customized to meet your needs. For most patients managing periodontitis, this will mean three to four visits per year.

The earlier your periodontitis is diagnosed and treated, the more favorable your long-term prognosis will be. Gum disease puts your smile at risk and impacts your overall health.

Research links periodontal disease to a number of systemic conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Certain types of cancer
  • COPD and other chronic lung conditions
  • Low birth weight babies
  • Erectile dysfunction

Recent research shows that aging women are more likely to develop cancer of the breasts, lungs, and esophagus, as well as melanoma when they also have gum disease.