Periodontitis

Published on April 21, 2012 by

Periodontitis is a cumulative condition. Once bone is lost, it is almost impossible to regain it, and most patients lose additional tooth-supporting (alveolar) bone over a period of years. Therefore, the worst effects of periodontitis are seen more commonly in older individuals in comparison to younger individuals.
 
The bone destruction seen in periodontitis can be fairly even, and can result in receding gum lines. However, more frequently, crevices are seen between an individual tooth and its socket, and these crevices are known as periodontal pockets. Shallow periodontal pockets can deepen, eventually becoming deep enough to jeopardize the socket’s support of the adjacent tooth.

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