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  1. 1. ACUTE GINGIVAL INFECTIONS
  2. 2. CONTENTS  Introduction  Primary herpetic gingivostomatitis  Necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (NUG)  Pericoronitis  Abscesses of periodontium
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION  An acute lesion is of sudden onset and short duration and is painful.  They are manifested with severe pain along with systemic manifestations  Thus these lesions must be treated at the earliest with a proper treatment protocol.
  4. 4. Primary herpetic gingivostomatitis
  5. 5.  HSV- type 1  Infants/ children younger than 6 yrs  Males=females  Primary infection asymptomatic  The virus ascends through the sensory or autonomic nerves and persists in the neuronal ganglia that innervate the site as a latent HSV  Sunlight, fever, trauma, stress , after oral surgical procedures
  6. 6. Secondary manifestations  Herpes labialis  Herpetic stomatitis  Herpes genitalis  Ocular herpes  Herpetic encephalitis
  7. 7. Early stage Late stage showing brownish crusted lesions
  8. 8. CLINICAL FEATURES Intra-oral  Diffuse, erythematous, shiny involvement of the gingiva and adjacent oral mucosa  Varying degree of edema and gingival bleeding  Discrete spherical grey vesicles Primary herpetic gingivostomatitis
  9. 9.  Rupture of vesicles and formation of ulcers after 24 hrs  Ulcers– small , painful, red, elevated, halo-like margin with depressed yellowish/greyish white central portion  Widely spread/clusters  7-10 days  No scarring
  10. 10.  Soreness, difficulty in eating and drinking  Ruptured vesicles sensitive to touch, thermal changes, foods such as condiments and fruit juices  Infants show irritability and refusal to take food
  11. 11. Extra-oral  Cervical adenitis  Fever (101ͦ -105ͦ F)  Generalized malaise
  12. 12. HISTOPATHOLOGY Virus targets epithelial cells Ballooning degeneration (acantholysis, nuclear clearing, nuclear enlargement) Tzanck cells
  13. 13. Fusing of infected cells Formation of multinucleated cells and intercellular edema Formation of intraepithelial vesicles Rupture Secondary inflammatory response with fibropurulent exudate Ulcers with central portion of acute inflammation and exudation surrounded by zone rich in engorged blood vessels
  14. 14. DIAGNOSIS  Early diagnosis important (reducing symptoms and recurrences)  History/clinical findings  Virus culture  Immunologic tests using monoclonal antibodies or DNA hybridization techniques
  15. 15. DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS
  16. 16. Erythema multiforme: o More extensive vesicles with pseudomembrane formation on rupture o Tongue more involved o Skin lesions present o Prolonged involvement may occur for weeks
  17. 17.  Stevens-Johnson syndrome: rare form of EM characterized by hemorrhagic lesions in the oral cavity, hemorrhagic occular lesions and bullous skin lesions
  18. 18. Bullous lichen plannus:  Rare & painful condition  Large blisters on tongue & skin- rupture undergo ulceration  Skin lesions + oral involvement  Prolonged indefinite course  Linear, grey, lacelike lesions of lichen plannus inter-spread among bullous eruptions
  19. 19. Desquamative gingivitis  Chronic condition  Diffuse involvement of gingiva  Varying degree of peeling of epithelium
  20. 20. Recurrent aphthous stomatitis  Small well defined round shallow ulcers, yellowish grey central areas & red halo  H/o previous mucosal ulcers is dignostic, unknown etiology  No diffuse erythematous involvement of the gingiva, no acute toxic symptoms
  21. 21. COMMUNICABILITY  Contagious  Most adults develop immunity due to infection during childhood – subclinical infection  Hence seen in infants & children  Recent studies have demonstrated HSV in periodontal pockets (Slots J 2000)
  22. 22. TREATMENT Consists of early diagnosis & immediate initiation of antiviral therapy. Antivirals : o Acyclovir suspension 15mg/kg is given 5 times daily for 7 days (Amir et al,1997) o It reduces days of fever, pain, lesion and virus shedding
  23. 23. o Acyclovir does not affect normal cells but inhibits DNA replication in HSV infected cells o Newer antivirals like Valacyclovir and Famicyclovir can also be used o <3 days– antiviral o >3 days- (immunocompetent pt) limited value
  24. 24. Palliative measures: o Removal of food debris, plaque and supra gingival calculus o NSAID (FEVER AND PAIN) o Extensive periodontal therapy to be postponed o Local /systemic antibiotics to prevent opportunistic infection especially in immuno-compromised patients
  25. 25. o The patient must be informed that the disease is contagious, thus precautions must be taken (vesicles –highest viral titer) Supportive measures: o Copious fluid intake o Nutritional supplements o Topical anesthetics while eating
  26. 26.  Infection of fingers of health professional treating infected patients may occur and is known as Herpetic Whitlows
  27. 27. Necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis
  28. 28.  Necrotizing Gingivitis, Necrotizing Periodontitis and Necrotizing Stomatitis are the most severe inflammatory disorders caused by plaque bacteria  They are rapidly destructive and debilitating  A distinction between these diseases has not always been made in the literature
  29. 29.  Microbial diseases affecting gingiva/ periodontium in the context of an impaired host response  Characterized by death and sloughing of tissues
  30. 30. HISTORY  Fourth century BC, Xenophon mentioned that Greek soldiers were affected with “sore mouth” and foul-smelling breath  In 1778, John Hunter described the clinical findings and differentiated ANUG from scurvy and chronic destructive periodontal disease  ANUG occurred in epidemic form in the French army in the 19th century
  31. 31.  In 1886, Hersch, a German pathologist, discussed some of the features associated with the disease such as enlarged lymph nodes, fever, malaise and increased salivation  In 1890s, Plaut and Vincent described the disease and attributed its origin to fusiform bacilli and spirochetes
  32. 32. NOMENCLATURE  Ulceromembranous gingivitis  Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis  Trench mouth  Vincent’s gingivostomatitis  Phagedenic gingivitis  Fusospirallary periodontitis  Plaut-Vincent stomatitis
  33. 33. CLINICAL FEATURES Classification  Acute  Subacute (Repeated remissions and exacerbations)  Recurrent  Single tooth, group of teeth  Entire mouth
  34. 34. NUP (long standing, severe immunosuppression) NUS Noma
  35. 35. ORAL SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS  Punched out, craterlike depressions at the crest of the interdental papilla  Can extend into the marginal gingiva, attached gingiva and oral mucosa  Grey pseudomembranous slough  Linear erythema  Removing slough exposes red, hemorrhagic, shiny surface which bleeds easily
  36. 36.  Fetid odor  Metallic taste  Increased salivation/pasty saliva  Can be superimposed on chronic gingivitis/periodontitis  Recession rather than pocket formation
  37. 37.  Constant radiating, gnawing pain that is intensified on eating spicy and hot foods and on chewing  Lesions extremely sensitive to touch  Low socioeconomic groups  Seasonal variations (Skach et al, 1970)
  38. 38. EXTRAORAL AND SYSTEMIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS  Local lymphadenopathy  Fever  Increased pulse rate, leukocytosis, loss of apetite and general lassitude additionally seen in severe cases  Insomnia, constipation, GI disorders, headache and mental depression in children
  39. 39. OTHER SEVERE SEQUELAE 1) Fusospirochetal meningitis 2) Peritonitis 3) Pulmonary infection 4) Toxemia 5) Fatal brain abscess 6) Noma
  40. 40. CLINICAL COURSE ACCORDING TO HORNING AND COHEN:  Stage 1 : Necrosis of tip of the interdental papilla (93%).  Stage 2 : Necrosis of entire papilla (19%)  Stage 3 : Necrosis extending to gingival margin (21%)  Stage 4 : Necrosis extending to attached gingiva (1%)  Stage 5 : Necrosis extending to buccal / labial mucosa (6%)  Stage 6 : Necrosis exposing alveolar bone (1%)  Stage 7 : Necrosis perforating skin and check (0%)
  41. 41. ACCORDING TO PINDBORG:  Stage 1: Erosion of only tip of interdental papilla  Stage 2: Lesion extending to marginal gingiva and causing potentially a complete loss of papilla  Stage 3: Involving attached gingiva  Stage 4: Exposure of bone
  42. 42. HISTOPATHOLOGY  Microscopically the lesion is acute necrotizing inflammation of the gingiva, involving both the stratified squamous epithelium and the underlying connective tissue  Epithelium destroyed and replaced by meshwork of fibrin, necrotic epithelial cells and PMN’s and various types of microorganisms (surface pseudomembrane)  Border: Epithelium edematous and individual cells exhibit varying degree of hydropic degeneration along with infilteration of PMN’s in the intercellular spaces
  43. 43.  Underlying connective tissue: hyperemic with numerous engorged capillaries and dense infiltration by PMN’s (linear erythema)  Plasma cells at the periphery(underlying chronic condition)  Epithelium and CT alterations decrease with increase in distance from the necrotic area and gradually blends with the uninvolved area
  44. 44. Listgarten – described four zones that blend with each other  ZONE I - BACTERIAL ZONE- The Most superficial zone Consists of varied bacteria, including a few spirochetes of small, medium and large type.  ZONE II – NEUTROPHIL RICH ZONE - Contains numerous leukocytes, predominantly neutrophils, with bacteria, including many spirochetes of various types, between the leukocytes
  45. 45.  ZONE III – NECROTIC ZONE- Consists of disintegrated tissue cells, fibrillar material, remnants of collagen fibers and numerous spirochetes of the medium and large types, with few other organisms  ZONE IV – SPIROCHETAL INFILTRATION ZONE- Consists of well preserved tissue infiltrated with medium and large spirochetes without other organisms. Spirochetes have been found as deep as 300 microns from the surface
  46. 46. ETIOLOGY Role of bacteria o Plaut and Vincent in 1894 and 1896, respectively introduced the concept NUG is caused by specific bacteria – namely a fusiform bacillus and a spirochetal organism. o Fusiform bacilli and a spirochetal organism are always found in the disease.
  47. 47.  Rosebury and coworkers described a fusospirochetal complex consisting of T. marcodentium, intermediate spirochetes, vibrios, fusiform bacilli and filamentous organisms in addition to several Borrelia species
  48. 48.  More recently Loesche and colleagues described a constant flora and a variable flora Constant flora :- Fusospirochetal organisms, P. intermedia, A. odontolyticus and various spirilla like Selenomonas species. Variable flora :- Heterogenous array of bacterial types
  49. 49.  Bacteriologic findings have been supported by immunological data presented by Chung et al who reported increased IgG and IgM antibodies to intermediate spirochetes, P. intermedia in NUG patients as compared to those with chronic gingivitis and healthy controls  Metronidazole effective
  50. 50. Role of host response  Presence of organisms insufficient to cause disease  NUG is not produced experimentally in humans and animals by inoculation of bacterial exudates from the lesion  Characteristic lesions occurs in animals when they are under immunosupression  Not found in well nourished individuals with fully functional immune system
  51. 51.  Immunosupression essential- NUG patients displayed depression in leukocyte chemotaxis and phagocytosis (Cogen et al, 1983)  Nutritional deficiency, fatigue caused by chronic sleep deprivation, alcohol/drug abuse, psychological factors, systemic disease  It is hence concluded that - The specific cause of NUG has not been established & it is produced by a complex of bacterial organisms but requires underlying tissue changes to facilitate the pathogenic activity of the bacteria.  HIV
  52. 52. LOCAL PREDISPOSING FACTORS  Pre-existing gingivitis  Injury to the gingiva (eg: malocclusion)  Smoking  98% pts with NUG were smokers & frequency of the disease increases with increasing exposure to tobacco smoke (Pindborg et al, 1951)  Preexisting chronic periodontitis, pericoronal flaps (favourable environment for anaerobic fusiform bacilli and spirochetes)
  53. 53. SYSTEMIC PREDISPOSING FACTORS Nutritional deficiency  Produced in animals by giving them nutritionally deficient diet  Nutritional deficiencies diminishes immune responses and alteres the periodontal structures, making them more susceptible
  54. 54. Debilitating disease  Chronic diseases( syphilis, cancer)  Severe gastrointestinal disorders (ulcerative colitis)  Blood dyscrasias( anemia, leukemia)  AIDS
  55. 55. Psychosomatic factors  Disease often occurs in association with stressful situations (induction into the armed forces, school examinations)  Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activation resulting in cortisol secretion and decrease in immune response
  56. 56.  Increase in the levels of cortisol and catecholamines leads to reduced gingival microcirculation and salivary flow which enhances nutrition to P.intermedia  Depression in neutrophil and lymphocyte function leads to bacterial invasion and tissue damage. (Johnson and Engel 1986)
  57. 57. DIAGNOSIS  Clinical findings (gingival pain,ulceration and bleeding)  Bacterial smear not definitive  Microscopic examination of biopsy specimen (TB, neoplastic disease)
  58. 58. DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA By Genco, Goldman and Cohen:  Interproximal necrosis and ulceration (punched-out papillae)  Painful gingiva  Bleeding (spontaneous or on slight provocation)  Pseudomembrane (fibrin, debris)  Fever, malaise, lymphadenopathy  “Fetor Oris”
  59. 59.  Herpetic Gingivostomatitis  Chronic Periodontitis  Desquamative Gingivitis  Streptococcal Gingivostomatitis  Apthous Stomatitis  Diptheric And Syphilitic Lesions  Tuberculous Gingival Lesion  Candidiasis  Agranulocytosis  Dermatoses (Pemphigus, Erythema Multiforme ,Lichen Planus)
  60. 60.  Treatment differs  Herpes/NUG
  61. 61. STREPTOCOCCAL GINGIVOSTOMATITIS  Characterized by diffuse erythema of the gingiva and other areas of the oral mucosa  Necrosis of the gingival margin – not a feature of this disease.  No fetid odor  Bacterial smears– streptococcal forms  Streptococcus viridans , groupA ß-hemolytic streptococcus
  62. 62. GONOCOCCAL STOMATITIS  Caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae  Mucosa is covered with a grayish membrane that sloughs off in areas to expose an underlying raw bleeding surface  Most common in new born due to transmission through maternal passages
  63. 63. AGRANULOCYTOSIS  Characterized by marked decrease in number of circulating PMN’s  Lesions similar to NUG  No marked inflammation due to diminished defense mechanism  Blood studies can be used to differentiate between NUG and agranulocytosis
  64. 64. VINCENT’S ANGINA  Fusospirochetal infection of oropharynx and throat, distinguished from NUG, which affects marginal gingiva. May extend to the larynx and the middle ear
  65. 65. NUG in Leukemia  Not produced by leukemia per se , but due to reduced host defense mechanism  NUG may superimpose on gingival tissue alteration caused by leukemia
  66. 66. NUG IN HIV PATIENTS  Same clinical features  Extremely destructive course leading to NUP  Presenting symptom for HIV
  67. 67. COMMUNICABILITY  Not contageous  Study by King  Kitchen facilities (controlled conditions, anaerobic environment, do not survive on utensils)  Occurrence in epidemic like outbreaks– due to common predisposing factors  Immunosupression+bacteria
  68. 68. NUP  Extension of NUG or different disease entity  No evidence  Clinical similarities  Until distinction can be proved/disproved, classified together  Classification first adopted in world workshop in clinical periodontics in 1989
  69. 69.  Deep interdental osseous craters  Recession  HIV positive patients  Strongly associated  Marker of immune supression and diagnosis of AIDS  HIV-P  Aggressive form of chronic periodontitis
  70. 70. TREATMENT  Alleviation of the acute symptoms by reducing microbial load and removal of necrotic tissue  Treatment of chronic disease either underlying the acute involvement or elsewhere in the oral cavity
  71. 71.  Alleviation of the generalized symptoms such as fever and malaise  Correction of the systemic conditions that contribute to the initiation or progression of gingival changes.
  72. 72. SEQUENCE OF TREATMENT FIRST VISIT  Complete evaluation  Comprehensive medical history with special attention to recent illness, living conditions, dietary backgrounds, type of employment, hours of rest, cigarette smoking, stress levels, HIV  Examination should include general appearance, presence of halitosis, skin lesions, vital signs, lymph nodes
  73. 73. o Characteristic lesions o Oral hygiene (Pericoronal flap Pockets Local irritants) o Only acutely involved areas o Isolated with cotton rolls and dried o Topical anesthetic
  74. 74.  Area swabbed to remove pseudo membrane with moistened cotton pellet after 2-3 min  Cleanse area with warm water  Superficial calculus removed (ultrasonic scalers)  Subgingival scaling and curettage – contraindicated (bacteremia, extend infection to deeper tissues)
  75. 75.  Surgical procedures other than emergencies postponed until pt is symptom free for 4 weeks  Antibiotic regimen (amoxicillin 500 mg orally every 6 hrs for 10 days) in moderate to severe cases  Metronidazole (500mg BID 7 days)  Emergency procedures along with systemic antibiotics
  76. 76. PATIENT INSTRUCTIONS  Patient told to rinse every two hours – glass full of equal mixture of warm water and 3 % Hydrogen peroxide and / or twice daily with 0.12%chlorhexidine  Adequate rest  Confine toothbrushing to removal of surface debris, ultrasoft brush, bland dentrifice
  77. 77.  Analgesics  Avoid tobacco, alcohol, condiments  Report back in 1-2 days  Motivation
  78. 78. SECOND VISIT  Patient condition – usually improved. Pain is diminished or no longer present.  Areas still erythematous but without pseudomembrane  Shrinkage of gingiva – expose calculus which is then gently removed.  Instruction same as previous visit
  79. 79. THIRD VISIT  5 days after 2nd visit  Patient should be symptom free  Repeat scaling and root planing  Discontinue hydrogen peroxide mouthwash but continue CHX mouthwash  Patient instructed in plaque control procedures  Councelling on nutrition, habits
  80. 80. SUBSEQUENT VISITS  Tooth surfaces in the involved areas are scaled.  Plaque control is checked and corrected if required.  Patient should now be scheduled for treatment of chronic disease.
  81. 81. GINGIVAL CHANGES WITH HEALING  Removal of pseudo membrane – exposes red crater like hemorrhagic depression.(loss of normal barrier function of epithelium)  Next day: Bulk and redness of crater margins reduced – but surface shiny.(reduction in inflammation and reepithelization)
  82. 82.  Early signs of restoration of normal gingival contour and color. (further reduction in inflammation, reestablishment of normal barrier function including keratinization)  Final stage- Normal gingival contour, colour, consistency are restored. Portions of roots exposed are covered by healthy gingiva
  83. 83. ADDITIONAL TREATMENT CONSIDERATIONS Countouring of gingiva as adjunctive procedure  Shelf like margin  Unesthetic, favours plaque retention Systemic antibiotics/topical antimicrobials  Only in pts with systemic complications and local adenopathy  Drug therapy—adjunctive to local debridement
  84. 84. Supportive systemic treatment  Copious fluid consumption  Administration of analgesics  Bed rest
  85. 85. Nutritional supplements RATIONALE  Lesions similar to NUG have been produced in animals – with certain nutritional deficiencies  Difficulty in chewing raw fruits and vegetables may lead to selection of diet deficient in Vit B and C.  Fewer recurrences – local treatment of NUG is supplemented by Vit B or C.  Supplements may be discontinued after two months
  86. 86. PERSISTANT OR RECURRENT CASES  Reassessment of differential diagnosis to rule out diseases that resemble NUG  Underlying systemic disease causing immunosupression (HIV)  Inadequate local therapy (mandibular anterior area due to pericoronal infection)  Inadequate compliance
  87. 87.  Pericoronitis  Abscesses of the periodontium
  88. 88. ACUTE GINGIVAL INFECTIONS-ӀӀ
  89. 89. CONTENTS  Introduction  Primary herpetic gingivostomatitis  Necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis/ periodontitis (NUG)  Pericoronitis  Abscesses of periodontium  Conclusion  References
  90. 90. Pericoronitis
  91. 91.  Inflammation of the gingiva in relation to the crown of an incompletely erupted tooth  Mandibular third molar area
  92. 92. Acute Subacute Chronic
  93. 93. PATHOGENESIS  Space- ideal area for accumulation of food debris and bacterial growth
  94. 94. Inflammatory fluid and cellular exudate Increase in bulk of the flap Interferes with complete closure of jaws or can be traumatized by contact with opposing jaw Aggrevation of the inflammatory involvement
  95. 95. CLINICAL FEATURES Chronic – no clinical signs or symptoms (chronic inflammation and ulceration on inner surface) Acute (trauma, occlusion, foreign body impaction) Inflammatory involvement +systemic complications
  96. 96.  Red swollen suppurating lesion  Tender  Radiating pain to ear, throat, floor of mouth  Foul taste  Inability to close jaws  Swelling of cheek, lymphadenitis, trismus  Fever, leukocytosis, malaise
  97. 97. COMPLICATIONS  Localized- pericoronal abscess  Spread- submaxillary, posterior cervical, deep cervical and retropharyngeal lymph nodes  Peritonsillar abscess, cellulitis, Ludwig’s angina Pericoronal abscess Peri-tonsillar abscess Ludwig’s angina
  98. 98. TREATMENT Severity of inflammation Systemic complications Retaining/extracting involved tooth
  99. 99. Chronic pericoronitis  Removal as a preventive measure Acute pericoronitis  Flushing area with warm water to remove debris and exudate  Swabbing with antiseptic after elevating the flap gently  Occlusal adjustment
  100. 100.  Abscess drainage  Antibiotics  Decision to retain or extract the tooth after acute symptoms subside
  101. 101.  Decision governed by likelihood of further eruption into good functional position, bone loss distal to second molars  Extraction- Early extraction before root formation is completed
  102. 102.  Retaining tooth- removal of pericoronal flap using periodontal knives or electrosurgery
  103. 103. incorrect correct healed site Surgical procedure to remove operculum
  104. 104. Abscesses of the periodontium
  105. 105. DEFINITION Periodontal abscess is defined as a lesion with expressed periodontal breakdown occuring during a limited period of time and with easily detectable clinical symptoms, and localized accumulation of pus within the gingival wall of the periodontal pocket (Hafstrom et al, 1994)
  106. 106.  Independent disease entity (AAP world workshop, 1999)  Represents period of active tissue breakdown due to extension of infection into intact periodontal tissues
  107. 107. CLASSIFICATION According to location (Meng et al, 1999)  Gingival abscess  Periodontal abscess  Pericoronal abscess According to clinical signs and symptoms  Acute abscess  Chronic abscess
  108. 108. According to number  Single  Multiple (diabetes, immunosupression) Localized periodontal abscess in pt with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus
  109. 109. According to aetiology A) Periodontitis related abscess 1) Exacerbation of chronic lesion 2) Post therapy periodontal abscess a) Post scaling periodontal abscess (Dello Russo, 1985)— calculus impaction or obstruction b) Post surgery periodontal abscess (Garrett et al, 1997)– foreign body reaction, incomplete removal of calculus c) Post antibiotic periodontal abscess (no mechanical therapy, superinfection) Post scaling abscess
  110. 110. B) Non periodontitis related abscess 1) Impaction of foreign body in gingival sulcus 2) Root morphology alterations– invaginated root, fissured root, external root resorption, root tears, iatrogenic endodontic perforations
  111. 111. GINGIVAL ABSCESS  Localized acute inflammatory lesion that may arise from a variety of sources such as microbial plaque infection, trauma and foreign body impaction  Red, smooth, fluctuant, painful  Marginal gingiva/interdental papilla
  112. 112. PERICORONAL ABSCESS o Associated with operculum of partially erupted tooth o Mandibular 3rd molars most frequently affected
  113. 113. PERIODONTAL ABSCESS  A localized purulent infection within the tissues adjacent to the periodontal pocket that may lead to the destruction of periodontal ligament and alveolar bone  In patients with untreated periodontitis  Moderate to deep pockets
  114. 114.  Acute exacerbation of chronic condition  Incomplete calculus removal, antibiotic therapy, periodontal surgery  Occlusion due to deep tortuous pocket, tooth morphology, debris, closely adapted pocket epithelium
  115. 115. ACUTE ABSCESS  Exacerbation of chronic condition due to increase in number or virulence of bacteria combined with lowered tissue resistance and lack of spontaneous drainage  Exudation  Sensitivity to percussion  Pain, Mobility  Tooth elevation in socket  Systemic involvement
  116. 116. CHRONIC ABSCESS  Forms when spreading infection has been controlled by spontaneous drainage, host response or therapy  No/dull pain  Fewer/no symptoms  Fistulous tract  No systemic involvement
  117. 117. Periodontal Vs. Periapical Abscess Periapical Abscess •Non-vital tooth • Caries, restoration • No pocket • Apical radiolucency • No or minimal mobility • Percussion sensitivity • Sinus tract opens via alveolar mucosa •Severe, diffuse pain Periodontal Abscess •Vital tooth • No caries • Pocket, bone loss • Lateral radiolucency • Mobility • Percussion sensitivity variable • Sinus tract opens via keratinized gingiva •Dull localized pain
  118. 118. PREVALENCE  8-14% among all dental conditions needing emergency treatment (Ahl et al, 1986)  Positively correlated with pocket depth  High prevalence in molars- 50% (Smith and Davies, 1986)  3rd most frequent dental emergency
  119. 119. PATHOGENESIS AND HISTOPATHOLOGY  Contains bacteria, bacterial products, inflammatory cells, tissue breakdown products and serum  Occlusion of pocket lumen, extension of infection into soft tissues  Entry of bacteria into soft tissue pocket wall
  120. 120.  Accumulation of leukocytes, connective tissue destruction, bacterial encapsulation, formation of pus  Central area  Rate of tissue destruction depends on– growth and virulence of bacteria, Ph
  121. 121. MICROBIOLOGY  Polymicrobial, mainly caused by endogenous bacteria (Tabaqhali, 1988)  Similar to flora of chronic periodontitis  Domination by gram negative, non-motile, strict anaerobic, rod-shaped species  Pg
  122. 122.  Pi, Tf, Fn, spirochetes (anaerobic species)  Bifidobacterium spp, Actinomyces spp (gram positive, strict anaerobic)  Aa, Capnocytophaga spp, Campylobacter spp (gram negative, facultative anaerobic)
  123. 123. DIAGNOSIS  Clinical signs and radiological signs  Ovoid elevation on lateral side of root  Fistula, suppuration  Pain, tenderness, swelling  Sensitivitry to percussion
  124. 124.  Mobility, tooth elevation, pocket  Bone loss  Systemic effects  Use of dark field microscopy ( Trope et al, 1988)  PET (Liu, 1996)
  125. 125. DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS  Periapical abscess  Lateral periapical cyst  Vertical root fractures  Endo-perio abscesses  Parrish et al (1989)- 3 cases of osteomyelitis
  126. 126. TREATMENT 1) Resolving acute lesion 2) Management of the resulting chronic condition
  127. 127. ACUTE ABSCESS  Drainage through pocket retraction or incision  Scaling/ root planing  Periodontal surgery  Short term high dose adjunctive systemic antibiotics  Tooth removal  Avoid aggressive mechanical instrumentation in initial stage
  128. 128.  Reduce exertion  Fluid intake  Chlorhexidine mouthwash  Warm saline gargles  Analgesics/antibiotics
  129. 129. Chronic abscess  SPT, surgery/ antibiotics Gingival abscess  Scaling/ root planing  Drainage  Removal of cause  Warm saline gargles
  130. 130. Pericoronal abscess  Drainage  Irrigation to remove debris  Warm saline gargles, antibiotics  Analgesics  Operculectomy/ extraction
  131. 131. COMPLICATIONS A) Tooth loss B) Dissemination of infection 1) Dissemination of bacteria inside the tissues during therapy 2) Bacterial dissemination through blood stream due to bacteriema from an untreated abscess
  132. 132.  Pulmonary actinomycosis  Brain abscess  Cellulitis  Cervical necrotizing fasciitis  Necrotizing cavernositis
  133. 133. CONCLUSION  Acute gingival infections lead to severe discomfort and may lead to life-threatening complications, and therefore they need to be treated promptly  Adequate patient education and motivation is necessary as patients do not complete the treatment once the acute phase has subsided
  134. 134. REFERENCES o Newman, Takei, Klokkevold, Carranza: Carrazanza’s Clinical Periodontology, Saunders, 10th edition. o Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis: risk factors involving host defense mechanisms.-- Yoji, Hidemi, Atsushi: Periodontology 2000, Vol. 6, 1994, 116-124. o Burkitt – Textbook of oral medicine o Shafer –Textbook of oral pathology
  135. 135. o Lindhe, Lang, Karring: Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry. Blackwell Munksgaard, 5th edition. o The Periodontal abscess– A Review: Herrera et al, JCP 2000; 27: 377-386

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