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Is periodontitis a dental emergency?

Periodontitis, a type of gum disease, is a chronic disease that does not fall into the emergency category. It does, however, require treatment, control and maintenance, along with good home care/oral hygiene to minimize the deterioration of the tooth supporting structures associated with the disease.

Treatment methods for periodontitis depend upon how far along the disease has progressed. This could be a dental emergency, and you definitely shouldn't wait to see your dentist.

Chronic periodontitis can lead to the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth and it may become more severe over time. If it does, your teeth will feel loose and start moving around in your mouth. This is the most common form of periodontitis in adults but can occur at any age. It usually gets worse slowly, but there can be periods of rapid progression.

Aggressive periodontitis is a highly destructive form of periodontal disease that occurs in patients who are otherwise healthy. Common features include rapid loss of tissue and bone and may occur in some areas of the mouth, or in the entire mouth.

Also, while a link is not conclusive, some studies indicate that severe gum disease may be associated with several other health conditions such as diabetes or stroke.

Don't wait until you are in pain to see a dentist. Through regular visits to your dentist, this problem can be caught early, before it becomes a dental emergency.

Patients attribute emergency to pain. In reality, the periodontal disease is an emergency that requires treatment because periodontal disease a silent killer of the soft and hard tissue around the tooth and affects the cardio-vascular health, is a contributing factor increasing the damage in osteoarthritis, diabetes and accentuate every chronic condition that a patient suffers from or is prone to without feeling pain. In case of flare ups and the occurrence of periodontal abscess, the patient will face an increase of 10 fold in bone destruction at each occurrence. The best is to go and see a periodontist even if you are not referred to one by your dentist to make sure you don't have a periodontal disease and alternate your dental cleanings between your general dentist and a periodontist even if you don't suffer from periodontal disease. Prevention is a key.

Typically periodontal disease progresses in a slow chronic manner. However, chronic periodontal disease may set a person up to be susceptible to acute periodontal abscesses. These conditions if untreated can lead to tooth loss as well as larger systemic infections.

Periodontitis is inflammation that involves irreversible loss of the tissues that support the teeth in the jaw bones. Bleeding gums are a sign of an underlying periodontal disease that could lead to infections, abscesses, or another dental emergency. Seeing a dentist to treat your periodontitis along with good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent complications and progression of periodontitis. Not taking care of it promptly could lead to tooth loss.

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