Mandible / maxilla
Other inflammatory
Periodontitis

Author: Nat Pernick, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 21 June 2018, last major update December October 2013

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PubMed Search: Periodontitis[title] mandible maxilla

Table of Contents
Definition / general | Treatment
Cite this page: Pernick, N. Other inflammatory: periodontitis. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/mandiblemaxillaperiodontitis.html. Accessed August 16th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Recurrent and continuous gingivitis that affects alveolar bone
  • Causes bone destruction and pockets around teeth > 3 mm in depth
  • Plaque within pockets serves as nidus for mineralization (dental calculus), causing progressive disease until gingival scarring and bony erosion lead to loss of teeth
Treatment
  • Scaling and cleaning of root surfaces to remove focal irritants, surgery, brushing and flossing