Is periodontal disease reversible?

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It depends on how far the disease has progressed. In the early stages, periodontal disease can be reversed with extra attention to dental hygiene and the addition of some antimicrobial products. We’ll monitor your progress closely, and we may recommend additional cleanings to reverse the disease.

Once the disease has progressed to the point where bone is being destroyed, however, it becomes a different story. The only way that we can repair bone damage caused by periodontal disease is with the use of certain surgeries, such as bone grafts. By the time periodontal disease progresses to this point, you will likely be experiencing severe recession of your gums, and you may have even lost teeth.

We’d prefer that periodontal disease not be allowed to progress that far. Regular visits at our Glendale dental office will allow us to check you for the signs of periodontal disease so that in case you do develop it, we can stop it early – before it does permanent damage. Dr. Narra has a number of treatments available to stop the progression of periodontal disease, and she is happy to sit down with you, discuss your condition, and provide her professional recommendation and your treatment options.

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