Gingivitis is a generative disease that left untreated will cause significant tooth and gum deterioration. Just the word gingivitis can strike panic in a person’s mind! Luckily, treatment is simple and performed right in your dentist’s office.
Plaque and tartar 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 bleeding can be noticeable when you brush your teeth and sometimes when you eat. Gingivitis is easily treated by having the hygienist remove the plaque and polish the teeth. But if gingivitis is left untreated, the condition will progress and the tooth roots underneath the gumline will also have plaque and tartar stuck to them.
Scaling and root planing, often referred to as a "deep cleaning," is performed to remove plaque, tartar and bacteria from beneath the gums. This, along with improved oral hygiene, can stop the process of gum and bone deterioration. While the procedure is usually painless, advanced stages may make it necessary to numb the area for complete comfort. Scaling and root planing is often broken down into 2 appointments. This reduces the time for each appointment. Recovery is fast and easy!