Periodontal FAQs

  1. Is all gum treatment surgical?
    No. The specific type of treatment recommended is based on the type and severity of the disease.
  2. Is gum disease contagious?
    Yes. The bacteria that cause gum disease can be transmitted from person to person.
  3. Can gum recession be treated?
    Yes. The method of treatment is based on the type/extent of the recession.
  4. Can bone loss around teeth be treated?
    Yes. The goal of periodontal treatment is to prevent progressive bone loss and, at times, regenerate the bone that has been lost.
  5. Can gum disease be treated if a patient is being treated for cancer?
    Yes. The treatment should be done in conjunction with the oncologist.
  6. Can gum disease be treated if a patient is on blood thinners?
    Yes. All forms of gum treatment can be performed for patients taking blood thinners. These patients should be treated for gum disease to help prevent spontaneous bleeding.
  7. Can gum disease cause bad breath?
    Yes. The buildup of bacteria on the gums and teeth causes bacteria that can, in turn, cause bad breath.
  8. If I have gum disease, should I consult a specialist?
    Yes. The skills of a specialist, in terms of diagnosis and treatment, can lead to better outcomes.
  9. If my gums do not bleed, could I still have gum disease?
    Yes. Most often, gum disease is not accompanied by bleeding.
  10. Can medications affect gums?
    Yes. Many medications taken for common and unusual medical conditions can directly and indirectly affect the gums.
  11. Can my gums be treated to make my teeth look better?
    Yes. Changes in color, form and position may enhance the appearance of your teeth.
  12. Can my gums be treated to make my smile look better?
    Yes. Moving the gum to reveal more tooth or reduce the amount of tooth visible can be accomplished.
  13. When can I eat after surgery?
    Typically, you can eat 45 minutes to 1 hour after surgery. Avoid hot liquids for the first 48 hours.
  14. When can I exercise after surgery?
    Usually, you can exercise 2 – 4 days following surgery, depending on the specific procedure.
  15. When can I brush my teeth after surgery?
    Other than at the surgical site, you can brush your teeth immediately.