loss of attachment

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loss of at·tach·ment

(LOA) (laws ă-tachmĕnt)
Damage to the structures that support the tooth; results from periodontitis and is characterized by relocation of the junctional epithelium to the tooth root, destruction of the fibers of the gingiva, destruction of the periodontal ligament fibers, and loss of alveolar bone support from around the tooth.

loss of attachment (LOA),

n refers to the distance between the cementoenamel junction and the base of the sulcus. Typically measured with periodontal instruments. Includes both pocket depth and recession measurements, Also known as
attachment loss.
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Periodontitis is a infections bacterial disease in which loss of attachment and loss of bone around the teeth.
Periodontitis is a chronic disease characterized by the progressive loss of attachment between the gums and the teeth, ultimately resulting in tooth loss.
Possible explanations include increasing urbanization, greater geographic mobility (thus leading to a loss of attachment to the old homestead), and ever-increasing alterations in the roles of women, with resulting changes in family structure.