Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is a progressive disease that can lead to the eventual loss of teeth, tissue, or bone if left untreated. At Dedicated Dentistry, Dr. Barton Aiken is highly experienced in the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease as well as the different types and causes of gum disease.
Dedicated Dentistry is located in Greenville, South Carolina, and is home to the SMILE makeover. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Aiken and have your periodontal disease expertly diagnosed and treated.
What are the Types of Periodontal Disease?
Gum disease can have varying severities and types, and at Dedicated Dentistry, Dr. Aiken specializes in the prevention and treatment of all types of this progressive and sometimes painful condition.
This is the mildest and most common form of gum disease and is caused by built up toxins from plaque. It is typically brought on by not having your teeth professionally cleaned and can be reversed using proper care at home and at our Greenville office.
Chronic Periodontal Disease
Also one of the most common forms of gum disease, this condition typically occurs in adults over 45 and is characterized by:
- Inflammation below the gum line
- The progressive destruction of gingival and bone tissue
- A receding gum line
Although there is no cure for chronic periodontal disease, there are treatment measures that can be taken to prevent further progression and help you retain your existing teeth.
Aggressive Periodontal Disease
This condition is similar to chronic periodontal disease but has much faster progression with a rapid loss of gum attachment and bone tissue. Treatment options are often the same as chronic periodontal disease but may require surgical intervention.
Periodontal Disease Relating to Systemic Conditions
Even in cases where there is only slight plaque build up on the teeth, underlying conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory disease can accelerate the recession of the gums and the destruction of bone. Treating the underlying medical condition is key to halting the progression of the gum disease, and it can be controlled using the same treatment methods as chronic and aggressive gum disease.
Necrotizing Periodontal Disease
This is an extremely rare form of periodontal disease typically affecting men and women with serious medical conditions such as HIV and immunosuppression. This form of gum disease involves tissue death and may require consultation with a physician prior to treatment. Scaling, root planing, antibiotic pills, medicated mouthwash and other solutions can be used to control this serious condition.
Contact Dedicated Dentistry today to schedule a consultation and have your dental concerns expertly evaluated and treated to halt the onset of gum disease.