Gingivitis is a degenerative 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 scaling and polishing the teeth. If gingivitis is left untreated, the condition will progress and the roots will need root planing. The difference between scaling and root planing is simple. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface, while root planing is the process of smoothening the root surfaces in addition to the removal of tartar.
Scaling and root planing is generally performed with anesthesia in the dentist’s office. Deep scaling and root planing is usually broken down into one or two sections of the mouth per appointment. This allows for adequate healing time, and reduces the length of each appointment.