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A 48-year-old member asked:

i have gum disease, is there a treatment for this?

7 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Behram Dalal
Dentistry 31 years experience
Absolutely yes: Best to be evaluated by a dentist to determine the extent of the disease and recommend appropriate treatment. Gum disease if not addressed in a timely manner can cause many other problems so please make it a priority to be seem by a dentist. Hope this helps.
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 30 years experience
Of course!: See your dentist. You may need a deep cleaning and then some surgery, and it is nothing like you think. Most people get through it just fine and it's worth saving your teeth.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 42 years experience
Diagnosis: You need to see a dentist that can diagnose your condition and recommend treatment for your specific problem. Call today. If you are more comfortable with a specialist, ask your dentist to recommend a periodontist.
Dr. Eric Linden
Specializes in Periodontics
Yes..choose wisely: Yes. Your periodontist could outline a treatment plan after a proper diagnosis. Be sure that he or she uses an fda-approved laser with a proven track record. Ask which laser and why that particular one is proposed. There are lasers of different wavelengths and each one has different indications. Also ask how much experience your periodontist has in using that particular laser and lasers in general.
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Gum Disease: There are many kinds of gum disease which may require different treatment. It depends on the underlying problem. Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease of the gums caused by bacteria and/or genetics. Yes, treatment is possible and largely successful. It may require deep cleaning and root planing, medication or periodontal surgery to remove diseased tissue or reconstruct the bony tooth support.
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Buianswered
Dentistry 23 years experience
Yes definitely: With all the advance in periodontal therapy in the past decade, gum disease is now can definitely treated, or control so that tooth loss can be prevented. It start with a good diagnosis to evaluate for the causes, then good oral home care install and reinforced, follow with antimicrobial therapy, occlusal therapy, and follow ups. Schedule with your dentist for a thorough work up and treatment.
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 30 years experience
Of course!: See your dentist. You may need a deep cleaning and then some surgery, and it is nothing like you think. Most people get through it just fine and it's worth saving your teeth.

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What is periodontitis?

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Which type of treatment do you think i will need for my gum disease?

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Dr. Joseph Leach
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Need more info: Gum disease can be minor enough that a professional cleaning and good oral hygiene will eliminate it. In it's more severe form surgery and/or laser therapy is necessary. Remember gum disease can be put in remission and kept there with the right oral hygiene and professional cleanings.....But you don't cure it.

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