Oral cavity

Topic Completed: 1 February 2013

Revised: 31 January 2019

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PubMed Search: Periodontitis[TI] oral cavity[TIAB]

Charu Thakral, M.D.
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Definition / general | Treatment
Cite this page: Thakral C Periodontitis. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/oralcavityperiodontitis.html. Accessed September 19th, 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
  • Usually diagnosed clinically
  • Scaling and planing of root surfaces to remove focal irritants
  • Surgery
  • Brushing and flossing
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