I have periodontal disease. Can I regrow bone around my teeth?
A dentist cannot cure periodontal disease. A dentist can, however, treat and manage periodontal disease.
The first step to treat and manage periodontal disease is a deep cleaning where the dentist or hygienist cleans the tartar and calculus that extends below the gums to prevent further destruction of bone. Antibiotics may also be placed locally during this treatment.
If a patient does not respond to this first step of treatment, a more aggressive treatment may be needed or may be referred to a specialist, called a periodontist. While certain procedures performed by periodontal specialists, like bone grafting, can repair and replace lost periodontal bone, it is not possible to regrow this bone.
Prevention of periodontal disease is a crucial part of your preventive care. Routine cleanings and exams will help reduce your risk of developing this chronic condition and increase the chances of identifying it as early as possible.
Periodontal disease does not just affect your oral health. Studies are linking periodontal diseases to more and more chronic systemic health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Your health matters to us, and we want to give you the tools you need to live a long and healthy life.