What is aggressive periodontitis?

Periodontitis can be either Chronic or Aggressive. Aggressive periodontitis is highly destructive and can occur in patients who are generally healthy healthy. These patients may lose significant amounts of bone around teeth despite good oral hygiene. Management of this condition by a periodontist is essential.

Periodontitis is an infection that causes inflammation of the periodontium, the tissues that support and surround the teeth. Aggressive periodontitis, also called early onset periodontitis, is a rapidly progressing form of the condition that occurs in early childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood. Immune deficiencies and genetics may be factors in aggressive periodontitis. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent bone and tooth loss from resulting from the condition.

Aggressive periodontitis is a severe form of periodontitis. As in other forms of the disease, bacteria attach to teeth below the gum line. The toxins they release and the inflammation they cause damage the bone and soft tissue around them. In the aggressive form of the disease, this process occurs rapidly and people are particularly likely to lose teeth.
Aggressive periodontitis is a highly destructive form of periodontal disease (an infection that affects the tissues and bone that support teeth) that occurs in patients who are otherwise healthy. Common features include rapid loss of tissue and bone. This disease may occur in some areas of the mouth, or in the entire mouth.

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