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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17-20

Periodontal measurements: A dilemma

Department of Periodontics, College of Dental Sciences, Davanagere, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Kharidi Laxman Vandana
Department of Periodontics, College of Dental Sciences, Davanagere - 577 004, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijmd.ijmd_2_18

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Introduction: Periodontal measurements are not one-time diagnostic or multiple times prognostic measurements. The important issue pertaining periodontal measurement is to record them as measured and round them to nearest 0.5 mm or a whole number on probe. Aim and Objective: To resolve this issue, a preliminary attempt is made in the clinical trial on interdental papillary deficiency (IDP) treatment by rounding and nonrounding the periodontal measurements during the 6-month follow-up period. Materials and Methods: The present study was conducted in 35 interdental papillary deficient sites in eight systemically healthy controls of both sexes in the age group of 25–40 years. UNC 15 probe (Hu-Friedy, Chicago, USA) with modified stent was used to measure the IDP from the stent. First, the actual measurement of IDP (nonrounded measurement) was recorded, and second, the recorded measurement was rounded off to the nearest 0.5 mm. Results and Conclusion: The current study result demonstrated that both the type of measurements showed no significant difference, suggesting the outcome measurements were similar whether nonrounded or rounded.

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