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This results from the progression of gingivitis involving the inflammation and infection of the ligaments and the bone structure that support the teeth.  As a result the teeth become loose and eventually fall out.

Periodontitis is irreversible but its progression can be halted and controlled through more advanced professional treatment, such as intensive deep-cleaning, scaling and root planing. Surgical procedures such as flap surgery and gingival and/or bone graft may be also be necessary.


Normal, healthy gums




Advanced periodontitis

Healthy gums and bone anchor teeth firmly in place.   Unremoved plaque hardens into tartar (calculus).  As plaque and tartar continue to build up, the gums begin to recede (pull away) from the teeth, and pockets form between the teeth and gums.   The gums recede farther, destroying more bone and the periodontal ligament.  Even healthy teeth may become loose and need to be extracted.



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