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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 37-41

Invasive versus non-invasive method of assessment of distance between the tip of papilla to the crest of interdental bone


Department of Periodontology and Implantology, BRS Dental College and Hospital, Panchkula, Haryana, India

Correspondence Address:
Kamalpreet Chhina
Department of Periodontology and Implantology, H. No. 2461, Phase 10, Mohali 160 062, Punjab
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2278-9626.106805

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Statement of Problem: Anatomic and histologic make up of interdental region is crucial in maintaining the integrity and health of interdental papilla during surgical and restorative procedures. The effect of vertical and horizontal distance between the teeth on the incidence of interproximal papilla has been widely explored and is considered as a contentious issue. Though several non-surgical methods have been developed to assess bone level, the accuracy and reliability of these methods were questioned. Purpose and Aim: To compare the reliability of the non-invasive method using radiographs with invasive method to measure the length of papilla from the tip of papilla to crest of interdental bone. Materials and Methods: In the present study, non-invasive method using radiograph was compared to invasive method to measure length of papilla from the tip of papilla to crest of interdental bone. Radiographic length, bone probing length, and actual papilla length was measured in 20 chronic periodontitis patients, and the results were statistically analyzed. Results and Conclusion: A statistically significant correlation was observed in invasive versus non-invasive method of assessment of distance between the tip of papilla to the crest of interdental bone, indicating the importance of standardization of radiographic aids.


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