Periodontal treatment


- Review your dental history, medical history, and medical conditions that may be contributing to your symptoms.

- Examine the teeth, gums, mouth and tongue for signs of plaque and infection.

- The depth of the pouch is measured for the groove between your gums and your teeth by inserting a dental probe next to your tooth below the gum line, and usually in multiple locations around your mouth, the depth of the pouch is usually between 1 and 3 millimeters (mm) in a healthy mouth. Deeper than 4 mm indicates gum disease.

- Dental X-rays to check for bone loss in areas where the dentist sees deeper pockets.

- Other tests are required. If the cause of your gingivitis is not clear, your dentist may recommend a medical evaluation to check for underlying health conditions.


Urgent treatment usually relieves the symptoms of gingivitis and prevents their progression to serious gum disease or tooth loss. You have the best chance of successful treatment when you adopt a daily routine of good oral care and quitting tobacco use.

Treatment for gingivitis includes:

Professional dental cleaning. The initial professional cleaning will include removing all traces of tartar, tartar, and bacterial deposits: this procedure is called tartar removal and root scraping. Exfoliation removes tartar and bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth and under the gums. Root scraping removes plaque from infection, smoothes root surfaces, stops pollen and bacteria build-up and allows for a correct recovery. This procedure is done using tools, a laser device, or an ultrasound machine.

Dental restoration, if needed: Misaligned teeth or incorrectly sized crowns, bridges, or other dental fixtures can irritate the gums, making it difficult to remove plaque during your daily oral care routine. If problems with teeth or dental fixtures contribute to gingivitis, your doctor may recommend resolving these problems.

Ongoing care: Gingivitis is usually treated after a thorough professional cleaning, and your doctor will schedule regular professional follow-up appointments for examination and cleaning.