Marked hard plaque (tartar) and floating teeth due to severe periodontal disease

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Loose molar teeth and localized pain. Very poor dental hygiene.

Patient Data

Age: 45
Gender: Female

Dense material surrounding the teeth is typical of the hard plaque or tartar that builds up around the teeth especially in those with poor dental hygiene. Note there is no associated caries, i.e. this tartar tends to protect against such disease but also promotes severe gingivitis and periodontal disease leading to gross resorption of alveolar bone and resultant floating teeth.

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Case information

rID: 30221
Published: 26th Jul 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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