What is the prognosis of gingivitis?

Updated: Jan 18, 2018
  • Author: James M Stephen, MD, FAAEM, FACEP; Chief Editor: Jeff Burgess, DDS, MSD  more...
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  • Untreated chronic gingivitis eventually results in tooth loss.

  • After an initial cleaning and scaling in its early stages, gingivitis usually is reversible with good dental hygiene.

  • ANUG responds to treatment if host defenses are intact. Noma requires aggressive treatment with antibiotics and local debridement.

  • The usual course is acute, relapsing, intermittent, and chronic.

  • Gingivitis generally responds well to appropriate treatment.

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