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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 90-94

Comparative evaluation of microbial colony counts on sutures with and without use of periodontal pack: a split mouth, randomized controlled study


1 Professor, Department of Periodontics, KMSDCH, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Piparia, Vadodara-391760, Gujarat, India
2 Sr. Lecturer, Dept. Periodontics, Goenka Research Institute of Dental Sciences, Piparia, Vadodara-391760, Gujarat, India
3 Professor & HOD, Department of Periodontics, KMSDCH, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Piparia, Vadodara-391760, Gujarat, India
4 PG Student, Department of Periodontics, KMSDCH, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Piparia, Vadodara-391760, Gujarat, India

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M A Shah
Professor, Department of Periodontics, KMSDCH, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Piparia, Vadodara-391760, Gujarat
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2347-6486.239501

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Background & Aim: Periodontal dressings are commonly used following surgical procedures due to varied reasons. Though several studies have been done on periodontal dressings, not many have stressed upon the microbial load due to plaque retention. This study was undertaken to evaluate the use of the periodontal dressing following routine periodontal flap surgery to no dressing, in terms of added microbial load due to increased plaque retention. Methods: 20 patients from the Dept. of Periodontics, K. M. Shah Dental College and Hospital, undergoing flap surgical procedures in bilaterally identical areas were selected. Following the flap surgical procedure, half the area (20 sites) was given a periodontal dressing (test group) and the other half (20 sites) was left undressed (control group). Sutures were removed at day 7 from both the sides and plaque samples from the sutures were taken for culture on nutrient agar and blood agar and were assessed for colony forming units (CFU). Results: The cultures from the test group showed higher CFU on both blood and nutrient agar (p<0.05) as compared to the control. The mean debris index for the control group, was 1.2 and that for the test group was 2.8 (p<0.05). Conclusion: Periodontal dressings facilitate debris and microbial growth and add to the microbial load of the surgically dressed areas.


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