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Original scientific paper

Assessment of gingival fluid during the periodontal pocket healing

Miljenko Bačić ; School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

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The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between
gingival fluid (GF) and some clinical parameters during the periodontal
pocket healing. GF, probing pocket depth (PPD) attachment level (AL), bleeding on probing (BL), bleeding on paper point (BLP) and plaque score were obtained from 198 interproximal pockets of 13 patients with advanced periodontal disease. Clinical parameters were measured prior to and 3 and 6 months after root planning. GF and BLP were collected by endo-paper point, and measured to the nearest 0.5 mm. Pre-treatment PPD was 5.6 ± 1.8 mm and amount of GF was 6.6 ± 3.7 mm (corr. coeff. r = 0.55 p < 0.001). 3 and 6 months after treatment significant reduction of PPD and GF were obtained but significant correlation between these parameters exist, (at 3months r = 0.33 p < 0.04, and at 6 months r = 0.31 p < 0.01). Amount of GF was higher also in the sites demonstrating BLP at initial and 3 and 6 month examination (p < 0.001). Similar results were obtained for sites demonstrating BL. The results proved also that sites showing gain of AL demonstrated significantly more reduction of GF and PPD comparing the sites demonstrating loss of AL Such data indicate that positive correlation between GF and other clinical parameters exist during periodontal pocket healing in advanced periodontal disease.


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