Volume 59 (2017) Issue 1 Pages 103-110
To investigate long-term nonsurgical treatment outcomes in patients with generalized aggressive periodontitis (GAgP) and the impact of root abnormalities (RAs) and other patient-level factors in relation to GAgP progression. Patients (n = 64) from a GAgP cohort who completed active nonsurgical periodontal treatment and consented to re-evaluation after 3 to 11 (mean 5.3) years, were enrolled. RAs were identified using radiographs. Periodontal parameters (e.g., probing depths [PDs], and tooth loss [TL]) were investigated. Multivariate analysis was performed to identify factors contributing to TL and bone level alteration (∆BL). After treatment, the mean number of sites with PDs > 5 mm decreased from 54.3 to 17.2. Annual TL was 0.11/patient. Twenty-one patients (32.8%) had >4 teeth with root abnormalities (RA-teeth) and exhibited a higher risk for TL (univariate odds ration [OR] = 3.52, multivariate logistic OR = 6.57). Factors correlated to ∆BL were sites with residual PD > 5 mm (β = −0.400) and observation time (β = −0.210). Nonsurgical treatment provides beneficial outcomes in GAgP patients. Higher incidence of RAs and high prevalence of residual deep pockets have a negative impact on long-term outcomes. Practical implications: in cases of GAgP with residual deep pockets and high incidence of RAs, clinicians must emphasize that long-term outcomes of nonsurgical treatment may be compromised.