Other Types of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease Relating to Systemic Condition

Periodontal disease can be a symptom of a disease or condition affecting the rest of the body. Heart disease and diabetes are the most common co-factors. Even in cases where little plaque coats the teeth, many medical conditions intensify and accelerate the progression of periodontal disease. Treatment: Initially, the medical condition which caused the onset of periodontal disease must be controlled. A Periodontist can halt the progression of the disease using the same treatments used for controlling aggressive and chronic periodontal disease.

Necrotizing Periodontal Disease

This form of periodontal disease is more prevalent among people who suffer from HIV, immunosuppression, malnutrition, or chronic stress. Tissue death (necrosis) frequently affects the periodontal ligament, gingival tissues and alveolar bone. Treatment: Necrotizing periodontal disease is rare. Because it may be associated with HIV or another serious medical condition, the Periodontist may consult with a physician before commencing treatment. Scaling, root planing, antibiotics, antibacterial mouthwash, and fungicidal medicines are generally used to treat necrotizing periodontal disease.

Periodontitis Caused by Systemic Disease

This form of gum disease often begins at an early age. Medical condition such as diabetes and heart disease are common co-factors.

About Jill Levine DDS MSc

Dr. Jill Levine DDS, MSc, FRCD(C) is a Certified Specialist in Periodontics practicing in Toronto, Ontario and offers dental implants to replace missing teeth, treatment for gum disease , and other gum procedures to help improve your smile.