Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease

About Periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is a type of disease that affects one or more of the periodontal tissues: While many different diseases affect the tooth-supporting structures, plaque-induced inflammatory lesions make up the vast majority of periodontal diseases and have traditionally been divided into two categories: While in some sites or individuals, gingivitis never progresses to periodontitis, data indicates that gingivitis always precedes periodontitis. In 1976, Page & Schroeder introduced an innovative new analysis of periodontal disease based on histopathologic and ultrastructural features of the diseased gingival tissue. Although this new classification does not correlate with clinical signs and symptoms and is admittedly 'somewhat arbitrary,' it permits a focus of attention pathologic aspects of the disease that were, until recently, not well understood.

Contributions by DRosenbach, Earthsales5, and RDBrown.