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

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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In brief: Big difference

Gingivitis is inflammation and redness of the gum tissues and can usually be reversed whereas periodontitis is inflammation which results from bony defects and will require more extensive therapy to correct and followup long term maintenance

In brief: Big difference

Gingivitis is inflammation and redness of the gum tissues and can usually be reversed whereas periodontitis is inflammation which results from bony defects and will require more extensive therapy to correct and followup long term maintenance
Dr. Charles Lockhart
Dr. Charles Lockhart
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Dr. Jason Cataldo
Dentistry - Periodontics
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In brief: Bone loss

Gingivitis is a soft tissue only disease and can usually be treated by a good dental cleaning.
Periodontitis is the progression of gingivitis now involving bone loss. We recommend you see a periodontist for an assessment and examination to determine the appropriate treatment.

In brief: Bone loss

Gingivitis is a soft tissue only disease and can usually be treated by a good dental cleaning.
Periodontitis is the progression of gingivitis now involving bone loss. We recommend you see a periodontist for an assessment and examination to determine the appropriate treatment.
Dr. Jason Cataldo
Dr. Jason Cataldo
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: Different Conditions

1. Gingivitis is reversible inflammation of the gums due to an excess of plaque on the teeth.
2. By contrast, periodontitis has progressed to more serious irreversible chronic gum disease.

In brief: Different Conditions

1. Gingivitis is reversible inflammation of the gums due to an excess of plaque on the teeth.
2. By contrast, periodontitis has progressed to more serious irreversible chronic gum disease.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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In brief: Perio more involved

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums covering the supporting structures of the teeth.
It does not invole the periodontium. Periodontitis is inflammation of gums & the supporting structures of the teeth (periodontium) : the periodontal ligament & the bone. There are varying degrees of involvement & you need to have an assessment to know how long it may take for the cure.

In brief: Perio more involved

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums covering the supporting structures of the teeth.
It does not invole the periodontium. Periodontitis is inflammation of gums & the supporting structures of the teeth (periodontium) : the periodontal ligament & the bone. There are varying degrees of involvement & you need to have an assessment to know how long it may take for the cure.
Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
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In brief: Reversible or not

Gingivitisis is a reversible inflamation of the gingival (gum) tissue through professional treatment and excellent home care.
Periodontiitis involves not only the gum, but the underlying supporting structures of the teeth and jaw bone and always means there is some form of permanent damage. Periodontitis is managed and placed in remission. Professional care and personal involvement are key!

In brief: Reversible or not

Gingivitisis is a reversible inflamation of the gingival (gum) tissue through professional treatment and excellent home care.
Periodontiitis involves not only the gum, but the underlying supporting structures of the teeth and jaw bone and always means there is some form of permanent damage. Periodontitis is managed and placed in remission. Professional care and personal involvement are key!
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
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