Monday, May 9, 2011
Can periodontal disease be cured?
(1) Can periodontal disease be cured?
Gingivitis, being a reversible condition, will restore quickly once dental plaque is removed and prevented from returning (by regular tooth brushing and flossing). Periodontitis unfortunately is NOT reversible. The loss of support structures (including bone) around teeth is usually a permanent feature. At best it can only be halted by appropriate treatment and satisfactory personal oral hygiene. In severe cases, a permanent disfigurement (such as gum recession and elongation of teeth) remains and the patient has to accept these limitations. Plastic and reconstructive surgery can correct some of these disfigurements sometimes but not in all cases.
After active periodontal treatment is completed, we will refer you back to your general dentist but may also see you periodically for follow-up care and periodic maintenance treatment. This is usually done alternating every three months.
Periodontitis is a condition ( LIKE DIABETES OR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE )this means that it cannot be completely cured but it can be managed. It will depend on you, the patient, to maintain excellent levels of oral hygiene once the initial treatment is completed. This is why the maintenance visits are so important to ensure that the condition is kept under control. After the initial treatment in conjunction with your own dentist a maintenance plan will be devised for you.
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They just want to treat symptoms because then you are a customer for life!!!
Remember that the most important member of the treatment team is you. Your interest, participation and commitment are essential to make your treatment a success.
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