Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gingiva (gum tissue). Your dentist or dental hygienist may alert you to this condition; however, it can be overcome with thorough brushing and flossing of the teeth. Ignored or untreated gingivitis can lead to more advanced Periodontitis.
Periodontitis is an advanced stage of gingivitis. Left untreated, the dental plaque, or tartar, which causes the slight inflammation of gum tissue seen in gingivitis may progress to infection of the gum tissue. This is characterized by the recession and bleeding of gum tissue and the existence of plaque above and below the gum line. The infection of the tissue and the presence of bacteria also leads to the loss of bone supporting the teeth. Depending on the level of progression of periodontitis, your dentist may recommend a debridement or scaling and root planning to remove the disease and help you regain total health. If you’ve noticed soreness, pain, or anything else making your teeth and mouth uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule an appointment. Reach out to our office by calling 574-272-0466 at your earliest convenience!