One of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your gum health is to brush your teeth regularly. But it is crucial to make sure you are brushing well. Effective brushing will adequately remove food particles and plaque buildup and help stimulate gum recovery.
Regular rinsing of the mouth with therapeutic mouthwash is an excellent means of strengthening the gums. Daily use of rinse aid helps prevent the appearance of plaque on the teeth and in the dentogingival pockets. Rinsing also protects the oral cavity from bacteria.
In conclusion, gum disease can be reversed depending on the stage it has reached upon diagnosis. Even if the condition has progressed to later stages where irreversible damage has occurred, gum disease can often still be treated and oral health significantly improved.
In some cases, it may be too late for gum grafting to save the gums. If your gums are severely damaged, receding so far back that they expose the tooth's root, or if there is significant bone loss from advanced gum disease, gum grafting may not be able to restore them to their healthy state.
In most cases, the damage will not be completely reversible, but if you follow the treatment and prevention plan laid out by your dentist, you should be able to see significant improvement. Most people are able to reclaim a 4mm to 5mm pocket depth with proper treatment and ongoing periodontal maintenance.
Gum graft surgery is the most predictable and long-lasting treatment option for gum recession. Typically, a periodontist (gum specialist) performs this procedure. During this surgery, a gum graft is used to replace your missing gum tissue.
3 mm - 5 mm with bleeding: It's very likely that gums with these measurements have early gum disease. 5 mm - 7 mm with bleeding: Besides almost certain gum disease, bone loss and tissue damage are also possible. 7 mm+ with bleeding: Pockets deeper than 7 mm means advanced gum disease is certain.
Periodontitis Stage 1: Initial. Periodontitis Stage 2: Moderate. Periodontitis Stage 3: Severe with potential for tooth loss. Periodontitis Stage 4: Severe with potential for loss of all the teeth.
Advanced Gum Disease: Periodontitis
This stage is more challenging to treat and often cannot be reversed. However, an oral surgeon can perform flap surgery where the plaque and tartar forming spots are surgically removed, and the gum is refitted around the teeth to prevent further deterioration.
Is There a Cure for Periodontal Disease? Yes. The only real cure for periodontal disease is to have all of the teeth removed and replaced with a full set of implant-supported teeth. When periodontal disease is diagnosed, it cannot be reversed by medications or nonsurgical treatments.
Advanced Gum Disease (Periodontitis) Can't Be Reversed
Irreversible damage will be done to your teeth and gums, and it will never be possible to completely eliminate the infection. In this stage of gum disease, your gums and teeth will be damaged to some extent. However, that doesn't mean you have to give up!
Poor oral hygiene can cause receding gums in two ways. First, if you do not brush your teeth properly, some plaque remains, which can buildup up tartar. Tartar breeds disease-causing bacteria which affect the gums, causing them to recede towards the tooth root. The second is through aggressive hygiene.
Can Gums Grow Back? If you were to ask any periodontist if gums can grow back after receding, they would tell you no, they cannot. As nice as it would be to have these soft tissues move back into their original position after treatment, the harsh reality is that they will not.
While any gum loss experienced due to gum disease will not grow back, the majority of patients can expect their gums to reattach after undergoing a deep cleaning. This is because all of the harmful bacteria has been removed, allowing the gums to once again be healthy.
The simple answer is, no. If your gums are damaged by, for example periodontitis, the most severe form of gum disease, it's not possible for receding gums to grow back. However, even though receding gums can't be reversed there are treatments that can help to stop the problem from getting worse.
Initial healing will take about 10 to 14 days to take place. It will take about 6 months for full gum maturation to complete.
One of the most important things you can do to avoid further gum recession is to brush and floss your teeth twice daily. If your gums have receded due to aggressive brushing, be mindful of the force you are applying while brushing and use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Gum pocket depth is between 5mm and 6mm, and, in addition to the above symptoms, the bone loss is more extensive. Many patients also have a bad taste in the mouth and/or bad breath at this point.
Score 4. 4 indicates gum disease, if you are diagnosed with gum disease we can work with you to create a thorough plan on how to best treat this. On the other side we can move to health. The latest thinking shows clinicians need to be more proactive when we find 3 scores and revisit why they are there.
Mouthwash can get down into the pockets created from your gums pulling away from your teeth, while toothbrushes often can't. This means you can use mouthwash to help clean out the bacteria that have taken up residence in these pockets.