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Is necrotizing periodontitis serious?

Necrotizing periodontitis is a severe gum infection that rapidly destroys teeth, jawbone, and connective tissue supporting the teeth. It responds well to treatment, but left untreated, it can spread within the mouth and cause further damage. Prompt medical treatment can minimize the destruction of the teeth, gums, and jawbone.

Necrotizing (ulcerative) periodontitis is a serious gum disease that involves the breakdown of gum tissue that surrounds and attaches to the teeth. Necrosis or death of the gum tissue occurs as a result of plaque buildup from poor oral hygiene and is marked by painful and bloody gums and, if left untreated, can cause eventual tooth loss.

Also known as trench mouth, necrotizing peridontitis is a progression of a milder gum disease called gingivitis. Researchers believe that people under extreme stress may have a higher risk for the disease.

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