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What Exactly Are The Differences Between Having Gingivitis And Periodontitis
Gum disease : Gingivitis is an initial form of gum desease and can be reversed with proper treatment, most of the time - just good oral hygiene , periodontitis is chronic, irreversible desease, much like diabetes or high blood pressure... Once you develop it... It doesnot go anywhere, it will continue to destroy your gums and underlying bone that holds your teeth, and you will start loosing your teeth.... ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bacteria in the mouth living in a thin film is called plaque. Plaque that is not removed through brushing can harden and form “tartar”, a hard mineral shell, that brushing can’t remove. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or hygienist can remove tartar. When plaque builds on the tartar surface, it irritates and erodes healthy gum tissue. This early stage of gum ...Read more
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