A member asked:

Is it possible to have both gingivitis and bone loss?

17 doctors weighed in across 7 answers
Dr. John Comisi answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Sequential: Gingivitis is a reversible form of gum disease and typically does not have bone loss associated with it. The swelling makes the gums very puffy and red. If allowed to go on long enough, it will progress to damaging the bone that surrounds and supports the teeth and can eventually lead to tooth loss. So as you can see, one can lead to the other. Best to stop the infection in the early stages.

Answered 12/9/2013

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Dr. Charles Kattuah answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Yes. : Having gingivitis alone doesn't mean that you have bone loss, but if you have bone loss, then you likely have gingivitis as well. Gingivitis left untreated can lead to periodontitis which is categorized by bone and attachment loss.

Answered 1/9/2019

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Dr. John Francis answered

Specializes in Periodontics

No: Not in the same place at the same time. If the disease has affected the supporting bone of the teeth, you now have the more advanced stage of the disease, periodontitis.

Answered 3/31/2015

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Dr. Robert Mokbel answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Not exactly: By definition gingivitis is inflammation/infection of the gums without bone loss. In your mouth you can have the 2 conditions in the same time in different areas, one without bone loss ( gingivitis) and one with bone loss ( periodontitis)..

Answered 10/24/2017

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Dr. steven Present answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Yes: If not properly treated gingival inflammation (gingivitis) can progress to periodontitis (bone loss).

Answered 1/24/2014

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Dr. Daniel Wolter answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Indirectly, Yes: Nearly everyone has gingivitis. If you have any plaque on your teeth anywhere, you'll have some associated gingivitis. However, this is reversible with a professional "cleaning" & excellent oral hygiene. If it's left untreated, however, it very often progresses to "periodontitis, " which leads to irreversible bone loss. So, gingivitis by itself does not destroy bone, but it can get worse over time.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Ronald Achong answered

Specializes in Oral &Maxillofacial Surgery

Yes: If the gingivitis becomes severe it can lead to bone loss around the teeth. However, gingivitis is easily treated by your dentist.

Answered 10/4/2012

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