Does Gum Disease Go Away When Teeth Are Removed?

Does gum disease go away if tooth removed

The quick answer is no gum disease does not go away when teeth are removed but the good news is that gum disease does go away with daily performed self-care at home. In some cases, when advanced periodontitis has developed, tooth extraction may be part of your overall treatment plan. 

In this post, we explore the relationship between gum disease and tooth removal, explaining why tooth extraction will not cure gum disease and why tooth extraction may be necessary in some cases. We also explain how you can treat gum disease and avoid tooth loss at home. 

Understanding Gum Disease 

Gum disease is primarily caused by the buildup of plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. Whilst smoking, hormonal changes, and certain medical conditions can increase the risk of developing gum disease, poor oral hygiene is the most common cause. 

Early signs include red, swollen gums, bad breath, and gum bleeding. It’s crucial to detect and treat gum disease early to prevent further complications. When left untreated teeth may become at risk of falling out. 

>> Get more information on what gum disease is. 

The Connection Between Gum Disease and Tooth Loss 

Gum disease can lead to tooth loss due to its progressive nature. As gum disease advances, bacteria and toxins attack the tissues supporting the teeth, including the gums, periodontal ligament, and jawbone. This can cause the teeth to become loose and eventually necessitate extraction if the disease is allowed to reach an advanced stage. If you ignore gum disease this will happen.

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Can Gum Disease Be Completely Cured Through Tooth Removal? 

As gum disease, as its name suggests, is a disease of the gums (and structures under the surface), removing the teeth will not cure gum disease. In fact, those people with no teeth, the edentulous, can also develop gum disease if they do not take care of their gums, albeit it is harder for plaque (the microscopic bacteria which cause the problem) to build up.

The most effective way to cure gingivitis or prevent the progression of periodontitis is with special gum health treatments and preventive measures, such as daily performed self-care.

The Exception To This

As is generally the case with science & health, there is always an exception. And whilst removing teeth from areas affected by gum disease will not cure gum disease in some cases dentists may suggest that the wisdom teeth (3rd molar) are removed. 

Extraction of 3rd Molar / Wisdom Teeth 

As wisdom teeth often hold little dental importance (in regard to their function) if pocketing is persisting or they put the 2nd wisdom tooth at risk a dentist may decide to extract them. 

Often wisdom teeth are located in a hard-to-reach place, right at the back of the mouth and due to partial eruption or their angle they are hard to clean. If it is hard for a patient to adequately maintain (brush and floss) the tooth over the long term removing them may be a better option so that deep pockets can be treated removing health risks to the 2nd molar and a person’s health in general. 

>> Find out about the risks to your general health if you don’t treat gum disease.

Tooth Extraction Is Sometimes Essential In Advanced Gum Disease

In some cases, when periodontitis is very advanced, the structures which hold the teeth in place – the periodontal ligaments and bone are so badly affected these structures become damaged. The ligaments become loose, the bone shrinks back and they no longer fully support the teeth. The gums also recede exposing the tooth roots. When this happens the teeth become loose and wobbly. They become at risk of falling out. A dentist may decide that the best course of action is to remove them. 

Managing Gum Disease 

If you have gum disease, gum health care is crucial to prevent complications and manage gum disease effectively. Following the dentist’s instructions regarding oral hygiene practices, such as gentle brushing twice a day and cleaning the interdental spaces, can promote healing. 

Advanced Treatments

In combination with daily performed self-care professional gum health treatments may be required. These include scaling and root planing, antibiotics (in a minority of cases), and laser therapy. Depending on the severity and extent of the disease, these treatments may be used in conjunction with tooth extraction, dental implants, and bone and/or gum grafts.

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Long-Term Strategies for Preventing Gum Disease and Maintaining Oral Health 

Gum disease is an inflammatory condition that affects the gums and supporting structures underneath that hold the teeth in place. It is not a disease of the teeth. Removing the teeth will not cure gum disease. However, the extraction of wisdom teeth may in some instances be required to prevent 2nd molars from being affected. In advanced cases, teeth may become so loose and wobbly that they may need extracting before they fall out. 

Preventing gum disease and maintaining oral health requires consistent effort. Good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing and flossing are crucial. Additionally, it’s important to quit smoking, manage underlying medical conditions, eat a balanced diet, and attend regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings.

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The good news is that you can treat gum disease without a dentist at home (although we do recommend you visit a dentist if possible). Daily performed self-care and a commitment to your oral hygiene cures and prevents gum disease! Our unique Gum Pocket Brush and our exceptional “beat gum disease at home” course can help ensure you effectively clean your gums and treat gum disease.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does It Take For Teeth To Fall Out With Gum Disease?

If you don’t take action and treat the signs and symptoms of gingivitis (early, reversible stage of gum disease) it will progress quite quickly, within 2-3 weeks to periodontitis (the damage caused at this stage is not reversible).

How quickly it progresses to the advanced stages where teeth become at risk of falling out can vary from patient to patient. It is best to take action and treat gum disease as soon as possible to prevent tooth loss.

Will Getting Dentures Stop Gum Disease

No, getting dentures will not prevent you from getting gum disease. 

In fact, it’s possible to develop gum disease, when you previously were not affected if plaque is allowed to build up between the dentures and the gums. 

Removing teeth and getting dentures will not stop gum disease, as stated above taking care of your gums is the only way to prevent gum disease. 

If you have already lost your teeth due to gum disease, it’s worth discussing which dentures are best for you.

Sources

  1. Gum disease around wisdom teeth. | Tooth loosening | Periodontitis
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Written by Sharon Fyles

Periodontitis Expert & Writer

Sharon Fyles, BSc (Hons, SW), MSc, Dip,  is a Manchester-based expert dental writer specialising in periodontal diseases and their treatment.

 

Medically Reviewed and Verified by Dr. Gareth Edwards BDS (Hons), MFDS (RCPS Glasgow)

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