Dr. Amit Rajani

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Is gum disease reversible?

Patients with gum disease in Yonkers can find skillful and effective treatment at Yonkers Avenue Dental. Active treatment is necessary as gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is not a reversible condition. Gum disease starts off as gingivitis (gum inflammation) and it is reversible. Proper home care as well as a hygiene visit with Dr. Rajani can put you on the track of recovery.

When gingivitis is left untreated it becomes gum disease or periodontitis. Bacteria at the gum line as well as below the gum line cause significant inflammation. With time the plaque bacteria hardens forming tartar, which is extremely irritating to the gums. This develops into a pocket that continuously fills with bacteria and tartar. When this occurs the bone recedes to get away from the irritant and this migration of the bone causes teeth to become loose. Some of the symptoms of gum disease are:

  • Swollen or bleeding gums
  • Reddish, purplish color of gums
  • Bad breath
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Teeth that are loose
  • Receding gums / exposed roots
  • Evidence of pus at the gum line or around the teeth

Yonkers Avenue Dental can help you successfully treat gum disease. At your comprehensive examination appointment, Dr. Rajani will develop a personalized periodontal treatment plan that will focus on treating the individual needs you have. Some of the treatment therapies may include:

  • Deep scaling or cleaning- this removes all the hardened tartar from the teeth and root surfaces.
  • Hygiene appointments at 3, 4 or 6 month intervals- deep pockets require more frequent cleaning appointments because the bacteria have deeper areas to accumulate in.
  • Hygiene instructions so that you may care for the condition properly at home
  • Prescription for antibiotic rinse to use at home, or placement of antimicrobial agents in the deep pockets by Dr. Rajani
  • Orthodontics – if there is an area out of alignment it may be impossible for you to keep clean at home. Straightening the teeth will allow for proper cleaning at home which means a reduction of plaque and tartar accumulation.

According to the American Heart Association there is a direct link between gum disease and heart disease, as well as systemic links to premature labor and diabetes. Please call our office today to schedule an appointment. We can help you arrest gum disease – treatment is available.