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How long does it take gingivitis to turn into advanced periodontits?

How long does it take gingivitis to turn into advanced periodontits?

Not too long: It could be as quick as just between dental visits. At one six-month checkup your dentist could tell you to watch out, and by the next visit, it could be progressing into the more advanced form of disease. ...Read more

Dr. James Wright
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Periodontitis (Definition)

Periodontitis is a general term for an inflammatory gum disease that has caused some degree of irreversible hard and soft tissue damage. While most treatments will put the disease into remission with rigorous patient home care and there are even some new therapies that can repair some of the damage, it is a major cause of tooth lose! Best to avoid the altogether with regular ...Read more


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How does periodontitis differ from gingivitis? How long does it take to cure them?

How does periodontitis differ from gingivitis? How long does it take to cure them?

Severity: Gingivitis is early easily reversible inflammation/infection. Periodontitis is more advanced/severe/destructive, and is more complex to treat. Best advice, see a Periodontist, a gum/bone specialist, for the highest quality, most efficient, treatment available. ...Read more

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How long before gingivitis turns to periodontitis? I think I have gingivitis, because my gums bleed when I brush. I haven't been going to the dentist regularly, because I don't have dental insurance coverage. How long can I wait before i'll get periodonti

Gingivitis: Gingivitis does not always turn into periodontitis but often does. Your immune reponse will dictate how fast and how much the disease will progress. Arresting the disease as soon as it is discovered is the best way to prevent progression. Brushing and flossing regularly and being regular with your dental hygiene visits will help. ...Read more

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How to tell if it's gingivitis or periodontitis?

How to tell if it's gingivitis or periodontitis?

Attachment loss: Gingivitis is soft tissue only, periodontitis involves attachment loss and bone loss. The best way to determing which it is is to see a periodontist for an examination and images. Don't wait for it to hurt! ...Read more

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How do I know it is bad gingivitis or periodontitis?

How do I know it is bad gingivitis or periodontitis?

See dentist: Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) usually develop from poor oral hygiene, and if left untreated, it turns into periodontitis which is inflammation of the tissues surrounding the teeth from gums, ligaments and bone of the jaw ...Read more

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Is this gingivitis or periodontitis? Is there a difference?

Is this gingivitis or periodontitis? Is there a difference?

Dental exam: Gingivitis means your gums are inflammed but if it progresses deeper and the bacteria gets into the jawbone, you have periodontitis, you may notice a fetid odor or loosening teeth; but the only sure diagnosis is from a periodontal exam and x-rays with your dentist. ...Read more

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What is the difference between having gingivitis and periodontitis?

What is the difference between having gingivitis and periodontitis?

Early /late stages: When you get inflammation of the gum tissues around the teeth, that is gingivitis,
when that gingivitis stays untreated, then it turns to periodontitis, which is the inflammation of all the tissues surrounding the teeth including the gums, periodontal ligaments around the teeth roots and the bone sockets of those teeth. ...Read more

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What exactly is the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?

What exactly is the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?

Big difference: Gingivitis refers to inflammation of the gums due to an excess of plaque on the teeth. Signs of gingivitis include red, swollen gums, or gums that bleed easily when you brush your teeth. If left untreated, this will lead to periodontitis which is a more serious gum disease. Some signs of periodontitis include loose\ drifting teeth, gum recession, perio pockets and bone loss, infections & pain. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?

How do you tell the difference between gingivitis and periodontitis?

See a dentist: The difference is bone loss. Gingivitis is with out bone loss while periodontitis is with bone loss. You should see a dentist to see which you have because it is very important to stop both. ...Read more

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What are the differences between gingivitis and periodontitis disease?

Gingivitis: Gingivitis is an infection of only the gum tissue around the teeth and is reversible with treatment. Periodontitis is where the the bone around the teeth as well as the soft gum tissues have been infected and the bone is being destroyed. Like other chronic diseases this can be treated and controlled but the bone cannot be restored and replaced once it is gone. ...Read more

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What exactly are the differences between having gingivitis and periodontitis?

Gum and Bone: Gingivitis affects the soft gum tissue. Periodontitis affects the gum and bone that support the teeth. ...Read more

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What are the obvious physical differences between gingivitis and periodontitis?

What ever: The suttle difference infection of gum or around teeth the most common cause of loos of teeth. At 30 you don't want to loose them, see your dentist immediately and keep them for next 5o yrs or more with proper care. ...Read more

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I just asked a question about periodontitis but I wrote the wrong word, instead of gingivitis! The correct word is gingivitis, not periodontitis.

I just asked a question about periodontitis but I wrote the wrong word, instead of gingivitis! The correct word is gingivitis, not periodontitis.

G vs P: Gingivits is the stage of periodontitis. It is an inflammation of the gingiva or gums that is totally reversible with a proper cleaning and good oral health maintenance. ...Read more

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I have braces and think I might have periodontitis or gingivitis. Help?

Sure!: Have an examination performed by a board certified periodontist! This will give you your answer! Good luck! ...Read more

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Worried about gingivitis. Could it be causing my chronic periodontitis?

Yes and No: Gingivitis is a soft tissue only disease affecting only the gum tissue. It's reversible. Chronic periodontitis is the main cause of tooth loss in the us, and is an infection, and involves loss of attachment and bone around the teeth. This is the more worrisome disease and should be treated. It's likely the perpetuating disease. ...Read more

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Can you tell what's the best choice of antibiotic for treating periodontitis and gingivitis to be perscribed for a patient?

Can you tell what's the best choice of antibiotic for treating periodontitis and gingivitis to be perscribed for a patient?

None needed: Gingivitis and periodontitis are chromic diseases. Antibiotics are used for acute problems
we use antibiotics when we regenerate lost bone in periodontal disease
see a periodontist to treat your problem treating gingivitis takes good cleanup to get the gums healthy again and you learning how to do effective oral hygiene. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between gingivitis and periodontitis? My dad has been told by his dentist that is has periodontitis, which I thought was just a bad form of gingivitis. After doing a bit of reading though, it sounds like it might be much worse. Is th

Is there a difference between gingivitis and periodontitis? My dad has been told by his dentist that is has periodontitis, which I thought was just a bad form of gingivitis. After doing a bit of reading though, it sounds like it might be much worse. Is th

Gingivitis: Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontitis and is the only reversible stage. There is no bone loss yet. Periodontitis means bone loss, and there are many levels or degrees. It is controllable, but requires help from a dentist or periodontist. ...Read more

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Aggressive periodontitis at age 30? At my dentist appointment last week my dentist diagnosed me with aggressive periodontitis, and said the my gums had basically skipped gingivitis and went straight to this. I have an appointment with him this week to hav

Aggressive periodontitis at age 30? At my dentist appointment last week my dentist diagnosed me with aggressive periodontitis, and said the my gums had basically skipped gingivitis and went straight to this. I have an appointment with him this week to hav

There: There is a form of periodontal disease called aggressive periodontitis that is diagnosed in patients under the age of 35 (or so). Periodontal disease has three major causes; bacteria, body's reaction to the bacteria, and bite (bad bite, clenching, grinding). Various systemic diseases can potentiate the body's reaction to the bacteria as well as various medications. It is wise to have this treated as soon as possible. The first thing you and your dentist need to do is identify the causes. As I tell my patients you are a co-therapist in that you need to know what it is and how to treat it and then how to minimize it from getting out of control. Yes, there is no cure, but you can control it.

Now treatment has several options. Traditional treatment involves scaling and rootplaning to reduce the bacteria around the teeth, low dose of Doxycycline (20mg 2x/day) to reduce body's reaction and bite adjustment along with a night guard. For areas that are badly damaged and have a lot of bone loss periodontists will do regenerative procedures to reverse the effects of the damage,

another option which I provide my patients (and almost routinely now) is lanap. Laser assisted new attachment procedure. This utilizes a certain laser in conjunction with thorough scaling and bite adjustment to provide exceptional reduction of the disease and regeneration of much of the lost bone, root and gum attachment. It is a wonderful treatment complete in a few weeks and has much less discomfort associated with the actual care. The results long term are exceptional.

Either option is acceptable but you have to address the causes. Once active treatment is done (the above options) you have to maintain the health with regular cleanings and make sure if you are given a night guard you wear it! Ultimately, periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory disease which you have to in control.

Please feel free to ask further questions. This is important you address asap.

Best regards, dr. Smith cpident. Com. ...Read more

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How long does it take for periodontitis to develop?

Depends: Periodontitis is an inflammatory condition caused by certain oral bacteria and characterized by bone loss around teeth. Some people can have very poor hygiene and never develop periodontitis. Others can have seemingly very good hygiene and struggle with ever increasing levels of bone loss. ...Read more

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How long does periodontitis take before resulting in tooth loss?

How long does periodontitis take before resulting in tooth loss?

Don't wait: No one should wait until their periodontal disease gets so bad that they are in danger of losing their teeth. Treatment is relatively easy and inexpensive with early diagnosis and treatment. Not only does your oral hygiene plays a role, but many medical conditions such as diabetes and factors such as smoking hasten the process. See your dentist for a complete and thorough periodontal exam. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long from not brushing your teeth will it take for periodontitis to occur?

Vares: Everyone's resistance to periodontitis is different. I've had patients who have not had their teeth cleaned in years and they are fine and others that have gum problems no matter how often they brush or have hygiene visits. Ignore your teeth and they'll go away.... ...Read more

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How long does sensitive gums associated with periodontitis last?

How long does sensitive gums associated with periodontitis last?

Variable: Sensitivity following perdontal treatments or scaling should resolve in 1week. Surgical treatment will take longer to resolve. Periodontal disease is a lifelong condition so sensitivity assoc with the disease itself will be present always but some episodes will be worse than others. ...Read more

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How long and to what extent does bone loss due to periodontitis last?

How long and to what extent does bone loss due to periodontitis last?

Forever: Bone loss from periodontitis is permanent... the bone doesn't grow back. If suffering from this issue, have yourself treated by a periodontist, arrest the bone loss, and maintain your oral health. In this way you will retain your teeth for years to come. The alternative is premature loss. ...Read more

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What to do if I am a 25yo female & I have periodontitis. Fellow sufferers and dentists please answer. Long.?

What to do if I am a 25yo female & I have periodontitis. Fellow sufferers and dentists please answer. Long.?

See dentist: Try taking CoQ10 and brushing your teeth with MSM powder added to your toothpaste. Take some vitamin C as ascorbic acid. Eat coconut oil. ...Read more

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Besides typical tooth decay, what can happen if periodontitis is left untreated for a long time?

Besides typical tooth decay, what can happen if periodontitis is left untreated for a long time?

Tooth loss: Periodontitis is a gum and bone infection. Besides gums that are inflamed and infected, periodontitis causes bone loss. This bone loss is not reversible and eventually results in tooth loss. ...Read more

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Upon the completion of appropriate dental work and proper home care is advanced periodontitis curable?

Upon the completion of appropriate dental work and proper home care is advanced periodontitis curable?

Depends: Periodontal disease is a condition much like diabetes. It is usually the goal of treatment to control it. Many factors can be involved.
At this time there is not a cure for periodontal disease. ...Read more

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After how long does periodontitis appear, if one kept gingavitis untreated?

Periodontitis under: Gingivitis is inflammation and breakdown of the gums or soft tissues but if left untreated the infection and inflammation progresses to the bone cementum and periodontal ligaments which make it very difficult to control since you can't clean easily below your gums and the bone will start being destroyed. This same bone holds your teeth and when too much bone loss occurs you lose teeth. Treat it now. ...Read more

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I have had premature periodontitis despite great home dental care. Am I doing something wrong if it takes me 4 minutes to brush my teeth?

I have had premature periodontitis despite great home dental care. Am I doing something wrong if it takes me 4 minutes to brush my teeth?

Gum disease: Brushing alone won't do it. You also have to clean between teeth daily. Gum/bone loss can be due to infection/inflammation and/or systemic disease. If you have been following your Dentist's advice to the letter, and still are having issues, it's time to see a Periodontist, a gum/bone specialist. ...Read more

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Is a bone graft always a necessary result to advanced periodontitis? Is it always a necessary solution to advanced tooth decay?

Two issues: Advanced periodontitis often requires extraction of teeth. Bone grafting along with periodontal surgery aims to preserve teeth when appropriate. Good oral hygiene is necessary after procedures in order to maintain long term success of periodontal therapy! Advanced tooth decay is a totally separate issue. Can loose teeth from decay even with no gums problems. (see below): ...Read more

Dr. Gary Sandler
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Gum Disease (Definition)

Gun disease can range from gum swelling all the way to the bone keeping the teeth in place being lost, this can be be for a number of reasons, if you think you have gum disease please visit your ...Read more


Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Gingivitis (Definition)

A form of gum disease ...Read more