Periodontal disease – often simply called gum disease although it involved other related tissue – is a progressive condition that can impact your mouth, jaw and face in many ways. When you have periodontal disease, you can lose teeth and experience gum and tissue loss that ranges from minor to catastrophic.
Rather than worrying, however, you can take action.
Here are the types of periodontal disease and what our team at Brighton Dental San Diego can do to help you with each type:
Gingivitis. A common mild form of gum disease, it’s a condition caused by toxins in plaque. While anyone can have it and many people do, it’s especially common with people who have uncontrolled diabetes as well as women who are pregnant or taking birth control pills, those who take blood pressure or seizure medication and those who take steroids. Professional cleaning and better home care as well as medicated mouthwash may be all it takes to reverse the condition.
Chronic periodontal disease. Most often found in people over 45, this is also a very common condition. It involves inflammation and infection below the gum line that causes worsening destruction of the gums and related soft tissue as well as the bone underneath. You may notice your teeth getting longer, but it’s really your gums receding. The condition cannot be cured because lost tissue can’t be restored, but the disease can be stopped with antimicrobial treatments, root planing and other procedures. Surgery may be necessary in some cases to reduce pockets, and tissue grafts may be necessary in extreme cases.
Aggressive periodontal disease. Involving the rapid loss of attachment between teeth and gums, this condition needs immediate treatment to restore good oral health. It worsens very quickly. You’re especially at risk if you smoke or have a family history of gum disease. Aggressive periodontal disease is treated the same way as chronic disease, but quick action is necessary. Even then, stopping the progression of the disease is difficult, but Dr. Woods is an expert in gum disease treatment.
Periodontal disease related to systemic conditions. Gum disease can be the result of other disease in the body. This type of gum disease may progress slowly or rapidly and may be interrelated with heart and respiratory disease, diabetes and other serious medical conditions. Quick treatment is necessary, and our holistic dentistry treatments can help a lot. So can help from your medical doctor.
Necrotizing periodontal disease. Often present in people with HIV and other diseases that suppress the immune system as well as smokers and those who experience chronic stress, this condition involves death of ligaments and tissues as well as bone. The good news is that this condition is very rare. It’s important to get medical as well as dental treatment to stabilize your overall health if you have necrotizing periodontal disease.
Here’s some more good news no matter what kind of gum disease or oral health condition you have: Treatments are available, and the options are better than ever before. At Brighton Dental in San Diego, we deal with gum disease every day. As a holistic dental clinic, we work with you as a whole person and work out treatments that allow you to thrive. This may mean curing your conditions or helping you live with them.
Learn more about this topic on the Types of Periodontal Disease page of this website. And contact us for an appointment. We’re gentle dental experts who want to help you overcome your dental and oral health issues and get on with a better life. You don’t have to let gum disease control your life. Instead, let us help you take control.