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How is periodontal disease cured?

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Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry 42 years experience
Treat and manage: Much can be done to arrest periodontal disease and then manage it. Excellent non-surgical treatments are available today to arrest and sometimes reverse the soft and hard tissue damage with the use of soft tissue lasers. Once the active disease is arrested, management is critical to keep the disease from reactivating, typically periodontal maintenance cleanings every 3-6 months.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery 19 years experience
See a dentist: Good oral hygiene on your part with brushing and flossing regularly. Your dentist can provide a deep cleaning around the teeth, sometimes antibiotics, laser therapy or surgery may be recommended.
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 34 years experience
No Cure... Treat it.: No cure, we can treat it. Periodontists & dentists will treat first with a scaling & root planing procedure. If this first step fails to inactivate the periodontal disease, additional treatment of repeating the scaling & root planing & adding laser treatment may be used. A surgical procedure may be needed if treatments do not inactivate it. Quarterly periodontal maintenance cleanings are a must.
Dr. Yigal Prilutsky
Dentistry 21 years experience
It is not: Generally speaking, periodontal disease is not curable. However, it is controllable and maintainable. There is currently no predictable and reliable way to replace bone lost around teeth. With good professional treatments and home care you can slow down or even prevent further bone loss.
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
PerioProtect works : A dentist trained in the use of this non-invasive system may be able to slow down your periodontal bone loss and in some situations actually tighten teeth that have loosened. Periodontal disease has many factors, but bacterial reduction on a daily basis has been shown to be very effective. The dentist needs to perform a thorough evaluation to determine what treatment is best for you.
Dr. Duane Keller
46 years experience
Treat the cause: Periodontal disease and decay are caused by bacteria. You will need to find a method like the perio protect method that can control the bacteria. If you control the bacteria you do not have to deal with the disease. You can manage the cause and avoid the disease.
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Remission, not Cured: First your dentist must specifically diagnosis the type of periodontal disease and guide you thru the appropriate courses of treatment. Therapy can be as simple as a "deep cleaning" or scaling and root planning, to local and systemic medication, laser and/or conventional periodontal surgery. Ultimately you wii be stabilized, practicing excellent homecare and on accelerated recare, but in remission.
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
Dentistry 27 years experience
You can maintain it: Periodontal disease is defined as bone loss of the ridge that supports teeth. This process is very difficult to reverse, some studies with a laser seem to show promise and make claims to be able to do just that. It is, however, widely accepted that periodontal disease is an irreversible condition that can only be managed and that the lost bone does not grow back.
Dr. Eric Dale
Periodontics 27 years experience
Never cured: Periodontal disease cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. Brush and floss daily, and have regular cleanings at the dentist will control it long term. First you may need advanced treatment from a periodontist.

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