Can Tooth Extraction be the Cure for Gum Disease?

November 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — avdentalramsey @ 1:35 pm
A man who just got an extraction to try to cure his gum disease

When gum disease takes hold, it can lead to multiple dental complications, and in some cases, extraction may be necessary to stop the spread. But does the removal of affected teeth mean the worst is over?

If you want to understand what happens after tooth extraction, and how gum disease is treated by dentists, continue reading.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection of the gums that can cause inflammation, bleeding, and tenderness. This infection can eventually spread to the structures of the tooth itself, causing damage to the roots.

In its advanced stages, gum disease can result in loose teeth and the need for an extraction. However, it’s important to know that gum disease is not confined to the affected teeth themselves.

Will Tooth Extraction Cure Gum Disease?

Gum disease is primarily caused by the accumulation of bacteria from dental plaque. These harmful bacteria can affect the entire oral environment, not just the areas surrounding the affected teeth.

When teeth are extracted due to advanced gum disease, the bacteria responsible for the condition can still persist in the remaining gum tissue and other parts of the mouth. This means that extracting a tooth is not a “cure” but could be a necessary step to begin treating the infection.

What Happens After Extraction?

Your dentist will first want the extraction site to clot and then heal on its own before additional measures are taken, they may prescribe antibacterial mouthwash or antibiotics to assist with the healing process.

Ultimately, it will be a battle with you and your dentist on one side and the gum disease on the other going forward. You’ll need to maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily and continue to see your dentist for periodontal treatments.

If you’re showing symptoms of gum disease, visit your dentist as soon as possible. The earlier you seek treatment, the easier it will be for all involved.

About the Author

Dr. Arash Vahid is thrilled to be able to help so many different people get out of pain and improve their quality of life. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and then continued to learn through certificate and continuing education courses. He has proudly traveled to underserved communities in other countries to provide his services. To schedule an extraction consultation, call (201) 962-8452 or visit the website to explore other services.

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