Does Gum Disease Go Away when Teeth are Removed?

With over fifteen years of experience, The Al-FaPerio clinic in London is the leading expert in laser gum treatments, and specialists in periodontology and dental implants.

There are several different treatment options that combat each severity and stage of gum disease.

The most popular procedures we offer are non-invasive treatments, which have the ability to reverse your gum disease. And even cure it without having to extract any teeth.

Reversing Gum Disease

Gingivitis is the beginning stage of periodontal disease. Noticeable symptoms are red, swollen gums that are quick to bleed.

Noticing these signs and symptoms in the disease’s infancy and acting fast means we can control the disease using non-invasive treatments. We use procedures such as Non-surgical Periodontal Therapy to prevent your gum disease from progressing.

This treatment technique is undertaken before invasive surgical procedures are recommended. And in many cases, we have found this alone can be adequate to reverse the effects of gum disease.

The belief that gum disease disappears through tooth loss or extraction is one of the many misconceptions about the disease.

What Are the Most Common Gum Disease Symptoms?

As we said, recognising gum disease symptoms is the best way to ensure you can catch it early and get the necessary treatments. There are usually different symptoms, depending on the stage of gum disease you’re in, so we’ve broken these down here:


This is the earliest stage of gum disease, and the symptoms include:

  • Swollen or red gums
  • Tender gums
  • Bleeding when you brush

Gum disease:

Gingivitis can eventually lead to gum disease if left untreated, with symptoms varying depending on how long you’ve been suffering for. These symptoms include:

  • Bleeding gums when you eat hard foods
  • Bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth or teeth that have fallen out

Remember, to avoid these more severe symptoms of gum disease, be sure to get in touch with our team as soon as you notice something is wrong.

Diagnosis of Periodontal Disease

If you have one or more of the common gum disease symptoms, then the chances are that you’ve already got a good idea of what’s wrong. However, it’s important that you get checked by your dentist so that they can examine your teeth and gums.

Our dentists will look for the symptoms of gum disease, and how severe your specific case is before offering suggested treatments. We will also take this time to determine the most likely cause of your gum disease, including lifestyle and medical history as this may impact the treatment we opt for.

We will discuss with you during this during your examination and consultation what your options are, how severe your gum disease is and the next steps. All treatment options will be discussed with you in full, giving you the full control to choose the solution that suits you.

Restore Receding Gums

If you have receding gums this means that the bones are also receding. Periodontal pockets will begin to form resulting in the teeth beginning to loosen.

To avoid multiple tooth loss and extraction, which is commonly seen with Aggressive Periodontitis a unique treatment is required; Laser Gum Treatment.

Designed to be comfortable and pain-free, the benefits of laser dentistry eliminates infection and promotes the gums and bones to regenerate, which results in restoring receding gums.

“Having had the treatment, my gums are no longer bleeding, my teeth are firmer, and my confidence in talking to people has increased as I don’t have bad breath anymore.”

In adjunction with this treatment, if teeth are loose we use splinting and splinted bridges to keep loose teeth in place whilst the foundational work is being completed.

There have been many cases where we have succeeded and have reversed the effects of gum disease, no matter the stage.

Treating Pockets

Periodontal pockets begin to form when your gum disease has progressed to a more serious stage.

They can look very alarming and turn into bigger pockets the longer they are left untreated. To reverse this change you will need the intervention of professional help.

To treat these pockets we carry out a non-invasive procedure called Periodontal Laser Therapy. It uses Waterlase technology to treat both shallow and deep pockets. The majority of our cases who have received this treatment have seen great results.

Replacing Missing Teeth

The type of bacteria found in gum disease produces toxins that will eventually damage the gums and bones that surround the teeth.

This causes affected tissues and bones to loosen, which will result in tooth loss and extraction may be necessary.

In this case, Dental Implants can be used to replace teeth lost to gum disease. However, this can only be considered once the gum disease has been successfully treated and the implant dentist is happy to continue.

The new, innovative Laser Gum Therapy is required to rebuild and restore gum and bone lost to gum disease. The treatment will also help the disease from causing long-lasting, irreversible damage.

Overall, gum disease does not just disappear once teeth have been removed. The problem can continue to grow if let without regular care and treatment.

If you think you have gum disease or you would like to discuss having dental implants please do not hesitate to call us on 020 8506 0701 to arrange your consultation.

Tooth Extraction and Gum Disease FAQs

Will tooth removal cure gum disease?

Tooth removal alone won’t cure gum disease, but it’s a crucial step of your overall treatment plan to get your oral health back on the right track.

After your tooth extraction, you’ll need to attend regular dental check-ups and maintain a rigorous at-home oral hygiene routine – which means brushing twice a day and flossing at least once daily – to halt the further progression of your gum disease. 

If you’re concerned about the look of missing teeth, you may qualify for dental implants or other tooth replacement treatments once you no longer have active gum disease.

Are extractions always necessary?

Extractions aren’t always necessary and are only required when the affected tooth and surrounding gum tissue is completely unsalvageable.

In some cases, less-invasive treatments – such as root planing, laser gum surgery, and antibiotic therapy, may be able to save the affected teeth and manage gum disease.

The success of these treatments depends on the extent of the disease, as well as how you respond to treatment.

To determine the most suitable treatment, book a consultation with our expert dentists here at Al-Fa Perio!

Does tooth removal for gum disease hurt?

All tooth extractions at Al-Fa Perio are performed under local anaesthetic, so you shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure.

You may feel a slight pressure, but this shouldn’t hurt.

After your tooth has been extracted, it’s normal for the affected area to feel a little tender or sore, but this is nothing that over-the-counter pain medication (such as ibuprofen or paracetamol) can’t help, and it should subside on its own within a few days.

If you experience extreme pain and discomfort, contact your dentist to book a follow-up appointment as soon as possible.

Are there any risks or complications associated with tooth removal for gum disease?

As with any dental procedure, there are risks and complications associated with tooth removal.

This includes:

  • Bleeding and blood clots
  • Infection
  • Damage to nearby teeth
  • Delayed healing

At Al-Fa Perio, our main aim is to make sure you’re as comfortable as possible – which means minimising as many of the risks as possible by working with great accuracy and precision and managing any complications that may arise promptly.

To find out more about tooth removal for gum disease, or to book a consultation with us, contact our friendly team today!


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