Cite this page: Pernick N. Other inflammatory: periodontitis. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/mandiblemaxillaperiodontitis.html. Accessed November 12th, 2019.
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
- Scaling and cleaning of root surfaces to remove focal irritants, surgery, brushing and flossing