Gingivitis can cause major problems for your teeth and gums if left untreated. While many of us may panic at the mention of the disease, the fact is that gingivitis can be easily cured right in the dentist’s office.
It is the plaque and tartar that are responsible for gingivitis. They supply an environment where bacteria can thrive and impact the gums. This can cause inflammation of the gums and bleeding. You will notice it while brushing your teeth or even while eating. The hygienist can cure this condition by scaling and polishing your teeth. If left untreated, the condition will affect the roots of your teeth and they will need to be planed. This is a process where the infected tooth structure is physically removed.
These are non surgical procedures and are performed without any anesthesia. However, in cases of advanced gingivitis, it may be necessary to numb the area. Typically, your dentist will treat only one part of your mouth at a time. This is to provide adequate healing time and keep your appointments short and minimize the discomfort.