Necrotising periodontal diseases can present with significant morbidity and, whilst unusual, they are not entirely uncommon in primary care. With this in mind, members of the dental team should be aware of relatively recent changes to the classification and management of these diseases to optimise patient outcomes. Similarly, understanding the bacteriology, patterns of tissue breakdown, and management and maintenance of these conditions will allow clinicians to manage these diseases should they present. The progression of necrotising diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa to present as noma is also discussed. The objective is to help the reader understand the classification and management of necrotising periodontal diseases.
Gives an update on necrotising periodontal diseases, relevant to the whole dental team.
Provides tips on how to manage these conditions.
Offers an understanding of the presentation of necrotising periodontal diseases from an African perspective.
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Ogunleye, R., Ukoha, O., Nasterska, W. et al. Necrotising periodontal diseases: an update on classification and management. Br Dent J 233, 855–858 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-022-5201-y