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What is the Difference Between Periodontitis and Gingivitis?

Posted on 4/26/2021 by Arletta, Office Manager
What is the Difference Between Periodontitis and Gingivitis?While both are serious gum diseases with severe consequences for your dental health, there are certain differences between periodontitis and gingivitis. We've outlined some of the differences below.

If you think you are suffering from any of these two dental conditions, reach out to Jeffrey N Zatzkin, DDS at Premier Periodontics and Implant Dentistry as soon as possible to get your treatment started.


Periodontitis is a much more severe dental condition than gingivitis. In gingivitis, your gums are simply inflamed. There are excessive bacteria in the mouth, which leads to the buildup of plaque on your teeth and gums. This plaque causes your gums to bleed. However, besides that, your mouth isn't in that bad of a shape. Your teeth still remain firmly attached.

However, with periodontitis, there is much more to be concerned about. This condition can cause the gum and bone to start to pull away from the teeth. This creates a gap where bacteria and debris can accumulate, leading to severe infections.

Permanent Damage

One difference between the two conditions is the amount of permanent damage they cause to the teeth. With gingivitis, there usually isn't much permanent damage to your gums and teeth or any bone and tissue damage either. This is because the condition is still in its early stages.

In comparison, by the time you progress to periodontitis, you develop permanent damage to your gums or the surrounding tissue, or even the bone itself.


The treatment methods of both conditions differ because of the varying severity and amount of damage caused by them. Gingivitis can still be cured, while periodontitis cannot as it involves permanent damage. For gingivitis, you can simply focus on your oral hygiene habits and correct them to get rid of the problem.

However, for periodontitis, you might have to go through some dental procedures to clean the infection, and you can even be prescribed medicines to control the spread of bacteria.

One similarity between the two dental diseases is that both of them can be prevented by maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping up with your dental appointments. Therefore, don't forget to brush and floss your teeth regularly. To discuss your options, schedule an appointment today by calling us at (732) 982-7988.

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Tinton Falls, NJ 07701

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