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Is Gingivitis And Periodontal Disease The Same
Are gingivitis and periodontal disease the same thing? The terms often seem to be used interchangeably, but i thought periodontal disease developed from gingivitis.
No they are not: Periodontal disease usually includes gingivitis as one of the symptom (gingival inflammation), but gingivitis may not progress to gingivitis (proven in research). Gingivitis is a condition of which the gum is inflamed. Periodontitis is a condition with the periodontal attachment (the bone, the cementum, the periodontal ligament) is loss due to bacteria/product, host reaction, and poor occlusion. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
One is worse: Gingivitis is the beginning stages, and by definition, your gums are inflamed, and you might see them bleed when you brush and floss. If this is left untreated, then the infection moves deeper into the jaw, and it progresses to the more severe, periodontal disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Gingivitis: Gingivitis is an infection of only the gum tissue around the teeth and is reversible with treatment. Periodontitis is where the the bone around the teeth as well as the soft gum tissues have been infected and the bone is being destroyed. Like other chronic diseases this can be treated and controlled but the bone cannot be restored and replaced once it is gone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If someone has teeth malocclusion that is the cause of gum recession, is it technically periodontal disease since it does affect the gums?
Not Really: While there is a "gum" component to the problem, the gingival recession is the result of mal-occlusion. Periodontal disease is most often associated with specific pathogens, genetics, medications causing an abnormal oral environment, poor hygiene or any combination of the above, including mal-occlusion as a factor. There is not a simple answer, but correction of the occlussal problem will help! ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Professional care: Advanced periodontitis must be treated by a highly trained general dentist or periodontist. The treatment will involve an intense and deep cleaning, use of systemic antibiotics, special rinses, possible gum surgery, rigorous homecare, 3-4 professional cleaning a year and possibly the placement of localized antibiotics. Regardless, there is no real cure, but vigilance will keep it in remission! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
How is actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans and p. Gingivalis that appear to cause the most aggressive periodontal disease id'd and controlled?
DNATesting: Before and after your periodontal therapy, you can the perio id salivary testing done through the oral dna company. Any dentist can sign up to do this. It tells what the level of all 11 pathogenic bacteria are. Also which antibiotics might be useful if the levels are high. It is a simple swish and spit test. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cavities?: Not sure what exactly you are asking. Cavities are nothing more than "holes" in teeth. Deep cavities can lead to needing a root canal on the tooth. Gum ulcers are just worn away patches of gum tissue with various causes. Scaling of the teeth is a procedure done to treat gum disease caused by plaque and tartar buildup. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Periodontal disease: Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and bone surrounding the teeth. It is caused by chronic poor oral hygiene...improper and incomplete brushing and flossing, plus not having regular visits to the dentist. Periodontal disease will continue to get worse if not treated, leading to loss of teeth, and possible increases in systemic inflammation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is damaged looking gums due to loss of enamel at the gum line area gum disease or is their another name for this?
Hard to say: Need to see what it is that you are referring to. The loss of enamel and resultant defect is called abfraction. Typically the tissue is very healthy in this area. However, if you are not keeping it clean when things get trapped in the notch, then you can have gum tissue irritation. Good Luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Early /late stages: When you get inflammation of the gum tissues around the teeth , that is gingivitis , when that gingivitis stays untreated, then it turns to periodontitis , which is the inflammation of all the tissues surrounding the teeth including the gums, periodontal ligaments around the teeth roots and the bone sockets of those teeth. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is there any relation between gum disease and RA ? Does RA affect the gum? And what's the cure for gum disease?
Chicken or the egg: The fact is that gum disease is worse in patients with RA, but we are not certain what comes first, the gum disease or the RA? Regardless, the treatment for gum disease is to keep good oral hygiene, in addition to periodontal and medical treatments. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends......: .......On the severity of your periodontal problem. The average thorough "deep" cleaning (scaling and root planing) may take up to 4 appointments (1 quadrant is 1/4 of the mouth, per appointment) subsequent to the initial treatment, you may need to see the dentist, periodontist or hygienist 3 - 4 times per year, although I have some patients who come in every 4 - 6 weeks. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Not standard of care: Simvastatin is in a class of drugs known as statins and a lipid-lowering agent that is used to lower cholesterol levels. Some studies report statins also reduced inflammation associated with gum disease which suggests that steps taken to reduce gum disease may also reduce inflammation in the arteries ; vice versa.The effects are minimal at best ; other more definitive treatment is standard of care. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Do most older adults have generalized gum recession regardless as to what the cause of the dental situation is?
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