Types of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection affecting the gums and bone surrounding teeth. It manifests in various forms, each requiring specific attention. Under the guidance of experienced professionals like Dr. Douglas Heller and Dr. Eric Beckman, patients can gain insight and receive top-tier treatment.


Gingivitis marks the initial stage, resulting from plaque buildup on teeth surfaces, leading to red, swollen gums that bleed easily. Early detection and intervention, including regular dental cleanings and good oral hygiene, can reverse gingivitis.

Chronis Periodontitis

Progressing from untreated gingivitis, chronic periodontitis is the most prevalent form. It involves receding gums and pocket formation, elevating the risk of tooth and bone loss. At Periodontal Associates, a combination of professional treatment and enhanced personal oral care is emphasized to manage and potentially halt its progression.

Aggressive Periodontitis

As the name implies, this form progresses rapidly, often affecting younger patients without significant plaque or tartar. Genetic factors may contribute to its development. The team at Periodontal Associates specializes in providing aggressive treatment to combat this rapidly progressing disease.

Necrotizing Periodontal Disease

This is a severe form typically affecting individuals with compromised immune systems, such as those with HIV. Dr. Beckman, renowned for tackling challenging cases, leads in treating this condition, which results in the death of gum tissue, periodontal ligament and the alveolar bone.


Periodontitis as a manifestation of systemic diseases is another dimension where certain conditions like heart disease or diabetes lead to gum issues. The interdisciplinary approach at Periodontal Associates ensures comprehensive care addressing both gums and underlying health concerns.

Choosing Periodontal Associates guarantees unparalleled dedication and expertise. The combined wisdom of their specialized team ensures cutting-edge treatment plans tailored to individual needs. Our reputation in managing various periodontal diseases is unmatched, offering patients confidence and trust in our capable hands. Call 303-755-4500 to schedule your visit with our periodontists in Aurora, Colorado.