Necrotizing Periodontal Disease
Necrotizing is a term used when describing an infection that is causing the death of something. In reference to periodontal disease, the tissue that is dying is the gum tissue that supports and surrounds your teeth due to an inflammatory infection caused by bacteria. Necrotizing periodontal disease is a relatively rarely seen elevated periodontal infection that is generally seen in patients with a decreased immune system.
Treatment of the lesser degree of necrotising gingivitis can be successful if treated early. Success may be dependent on any other predisposing systemic illness. Our staff at Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC can examine the affected area, discuss a diagnosis, and then work with you to create a treatment plan specific to your needs.
Necrotizing periodontal disease is not typical gum disease, it generally involves the bacteria of the fusobacteria and spirochaete species. This is generally seen in patients with a severe immune disorder including patients who are HIV-positive, have leukemia, spent their development years in a country that suffers with malnutrition, or other severe situations.
Similarly to periodontal disease, patients with the aggressive necrotizing disorder, will have varying stages in the development of the infection. The stages are categorized as:
Infection should never be ignored, the consequences can be highly impactful if not life threatening. We will work with the patient to treat the infection and help restore their oral health. This process may include the removal of infected tissue and then rebuilding the affected area. Treatment can be time consuming, but extremely important.
For more information on trench mouth, and the severe impact of necrotizing periodontal disease, contact our Hattiesburg office at (601) 264-2424.