Mandible / maxilla
Other inflammatory

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

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

Copyright: (c) 2004-2018,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Periodontitis[title] mandible maxilla

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Definition / general | Treatment
Cite this page: Pernick, N. Other inflammatory: periodontitis. website. 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
  • Scaling and cleaning of root surfaces to remove focal irritants, surgery, brushing and flossing