Dr. Jeffrey Felzer, a graduate of the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University, divides his time between Christiana/Wilmington Hospital and his private periodontist practice in Delaware. In his daily work, Jeffrey Felzer, DMD, treats patients with various forms of diseases, including periodontitis, which itself manifests in a number of types and conditions.
Periodontitis appears, in most cases, as an effect of untreated gingivitis. When this happens, teeth can eventually reach the point where they need removal. Here are three versions of the disease that frequently appear, each of which illustrate the importance of oral hygiene.
1. Occurrence in association with other systemic issues
In some cases, another seemingly unrelated condition can contribute, and these range anywhere from diabetes to respiratory disease. This relationship typically sets in early in life.
2. Rapidly progressing periodontitis
For patients who have no other clinical health concerns, this is a quick-moving version of the disease. Dental attachments are lost and the bone structure severely weakens.
3. Chronic symptoms of tissue inflammation and bone loss
This third version presents itself the most often, particularly in adults. The chronic type involves the same processes as the others, only they advance on a more gradual timeline.