If you’ve been diagnosed with periodontal disease, there are special treatments our dentist will recommend to heal your gums and save your teeth. But what is periodontal disease exactly, and is it reversible? Our dentist in Reno, NV, offers answers to your questions here. 

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is the infection of the gum and surrounding tissue caused by the buildup of bacteria-harboring plaque. The first stage is inflammation and bleeding of the gums, referred to as gingivitis. If gingivitis isn’t treated in time, the bacteria start to migrate below the gum line, leading to a deeper infection.

As the disease progresses, bacteria damage the support between the gum and teeth, and, as the bacteria continue downward, the gum, tooth roots, and bone are destroyed. Periodontal disease is a major cause of tooth loss and bone breakdown.

Is It Reversible?

Thankfully, the early stages of gum disease are reversible. Gingivitis is the most treatable stage; brushing and flossing twice a day and regular dental cleanings are usually effective in reversing gingivitis. If you notice that your gums are swollen or bleed when you brush, keep up with hygiene and schedule an appointment with your dentist. If you let gingivitis progress, it becomes periodontal disease and is no longer treatable with at-home treatment options.

How Is Periodontal Disease Treated?

There are a few treatments that are used to address periodontal disease. Our dentist will perform periodontal scaling, which is a deep cleaning that removes plaque below the gum line. Root planing is then used to smooth the root, which encourages the gum to reattach to the tooth. You may also be given an antibacterial mouthwash after your deep cleanings. It’s critical to practice great oral hygiene while your periodontal disease is being treated. With good hygiene, you should be able to get your early-stage periodontitis under control!

Contact Our Dentist in Reno, NV, for More Information

To get in contact with our friendly team at Atencio Dentistry, call our Reno office today at 775-298-6108!


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The team at Atencio family dentistry is amazing. The entire staff is kind, courteous, professional and most of all understanding of your needs. The prices are very reasonable and Dr. Atencio's work is perfection. Their dedication to professionalism and the highest quality dental care is why I only trust Atencio family dentistry. Well worth the drive for a great dental experience. See you next time.

- Justin warren b 5 star review

Had a recent visit to Atencio Dentistry as a new patient; staff was wonderful and accommodating to my disability needs from appointment scheduling to cleaning. My hygienist was very gentle. Dr. Atencio was present to review my dental X-rays and properly evaluated what needed to be done. Needed referral for evaluation for my jaw discomfort. Will be back to get what needs to be done and for my next cleaning.

- Donna abilene r 5 star review

Dr. Atencio and his staff are so friendly, kind, gentle and professional! I had a tooth pulled today, and everyone was awesome. Dr. Atencio was amazing and when he was done I was shocked that the tooth had been pulled. I highly recommend Dr. Atencio for any of your dental needs!

- Jeff j parel 5 star review

I like Karian, my new hygienist. She is personable, professional, knows her craft and made me feel comfortable and at ease. A very nice addition to Atencio's team. I also love the new air filtering equipment that has been added in each hygienist work station. An extra measure of precaution during this pandemic.
Nice to see a profession that is so proactive and protective during these challenging times

- Maggie kathleen a 5 star review

Excellent!! Wish I could give more stars as I am deathly afraid of the dentist and this office is amazing. Love the fact I can have nitrous oxide for cleanings. Sarah the dental hygienist is amazing!!! Best Dentist (Dr. Atencio) I have ever had in my 59 years!!! Thank you

- Cathy julius w 5 star review

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Our Reno, NV
Dental Office
3773 Baker Lane, Suite #3
Reno, NV 89509


Office Hours:
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