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VOLUME 10 , ISSUE 5 ( September, 2009 ) > List of Articles

RESEARCH ARTICLE

Microscope-Enhanced Periodontal Therapy: A Review and Report of Four Cases

Ashvini Padhye, Rashmi Hegde, S Sumanth

Citation Information : Padhye A, Hegde R, Sumanth S. Microscope-Enhanced Periodontal Therapy: A Review and Report of Four Cases. J Contemp Dent Pract 2009; 10 (5):88-100.

DOI: 10.5005/jcdp-10-5-88

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-09-2009

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2009; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Aim

The aim of this report is to review the status of the use of surgical microscopes and microsurgery and their clinical application in the field of periodontics.

Background

The use of magnification systems and periodontal microsurgery are part of a broad movement in dentistry toward the use of minimally invasive procedures to replace the need for more extensive surgical procedures. While magnification systems are widely used in endodontics, their application in periodontics is still in its nascent phase. However, clinicians have reported that use of magnification facilitates the use of minimal invasive periodontal surgery.

Technique

The surgical microscope is an invaluable aid for periodontists in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. Magnified vision used in conjunction with microsurgical instruments and techniques can lead to a higher quality of care and an improved surgical outcome.

Summary

Surgical operating microscopes have shown promising results in the hands of periodontists who are properly trained in their use. Despite the apparent advantages, there is still a lack of “high level of evidence” in the form of controlled clinical trials to estimate the magnitude of the real benefits of the microsurgical approach over the conventional approach.

Clinical Significance

Even though all the procedures shown in this review can be performed using normal vision, performing these procedures using a surgical microscope and microsurgical instruments offers definite advantages in terms of improved visual acuity, superior approximation of wounds, rapid wound healing, decreased post-operative morbidity, and increased acceptance by the patients.

Citation

Hegde R, Sumanth S, Padhye A. Microscope-Enhanced Periodontal Therapy: A Review and Report of Four Cases. J Contemp Dent Pract [Internet]. 2009 Sept; 10(5). Available from: http://www.thejcdp.com/journal/view/ microscope-enhanced-periodontal-therapyareview- and-report-of-four-cases.


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