Gingivitis is a generative disease that left untreated, will cause significant tooth and gum deterioration. Just the word gingivitis can strike panic in a patient’s mind. The reality is that the treatment is simple and performed right in your dentist’s office.
Plaque and tarter that sits on the teeth provides an environment, which allows bacteria to thrive and multiply. The bacteria cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed. The condition becomes more noticeable when you brush your teeth or sometimes when you eat. These are signs of the early stage of gingivitis. Gingivitis is easily treated by having the hygienist scale and polish the teeth. If gingivitis is left untreated, the condition will progress and the roots will become involved and periodontal therapy is needed. The difference between periodontal therapy and a preventative visit is simple. Preventative scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface periodontal therapy is the process of removing the infected tooth structure and infected gum tissue.
As a non-surgical procedure, periodontal therapy is performed in the dentist’s office. Advanced stages of gum disease may make it necessary to numb the area for complete comfort. The treatment is usually broken down into one section of the mouth per appointment. This allows for adequate healing time, and reduces the time for each appointment.