A long-term survey of tooth loss in 600 treated periodontal patients

J Periodontol. 1978 May;49(5):225-37. doi: 10.1902/jop.1978.49.5.225.


1. Six hundred patients in a private periodontal practice were reexamined an average of 22 years after their active treatment and the patterns of tooth loss were observed. 2. During the post-treatment period, 300 patients had lost no teeth from periodontal disease, 199 had lost one to three teeth, 76 had lost 4 to 9 teeth and 25 had lost 10 to 23 teeth. 3. Of 2,139 teeth that originally had been considered of questionable prognosis, 666 were lost. Of these, 394 were lost by one sixth of the patients and only 272 by the other five-sixths. 4. Of 1,464 teeth which originally had furcation involvements, 460 were lost, 240 of them by one-sixth of the patients who deteriorated most. 5. The mortality of teeth which were treated with periodontal surgery was compared with that of teeth which did not have surgery. Tooth retention seemed more closely related to the case type than the surgery performed. 6. In general, periodontal disease is bilaterally symmetrical and there is a predictable order of likelihood of tooth loss according to position in the arch.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alveolar Process
  • Bone Resorption / complications
  • Dental Arch / pathology
  • Denture, Partial, Fixed
  • Denture, Partial, Removable
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Periodontal Diseases / complications*
  • Periodontal Diseases / surgery
  • Periodontal Diseases / therapy
  • Periodontitis / therapy
  • Prognosis
  • Subgingival Curettage
  • Time Factors
  • Tooth Exfoliation / etiology*
  • Tooth Exfoliation / pathology
  • Tooth Mobility / therapy