When the gums become severely infected, mild gingivitis has given rise to periodontitis, or inflammation around the tooth. Periodontal therapy is now required to restore health to the gums and teeth. The type of periodontal therapy that will be used in treatment depends on the extent of the infection.
Getting advanced gum disease under control is not accomplished in one or two visits. The number of dental treatments you will need to eradicate the disease will be determined by the extent of the problem and the type of treatment your dentist recommends. In addition to office visits, you will need to maintain good oral hygiene at home by following the instructions of your dentist.