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J Periodontol. 2011 Nov;82(11):1563-9. doi: 10.1902/jop.2011.110032. Epub 2011 Mar 29.

Assessment of morbidity after periodontal resective surgery.

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Department of Periodontology, International University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The goal of this study is to evaluate morbidity after periodontal surgery and to compare postoperative morbidity of male and female patients treated by experienced periodontists to patients treated by postgraduate (PG) periodontal students.

METHODS:

A total of 271 patients underwent resective periodontal surgery. Of them, 122 patients were treated by PG periodontal students and 149 patients were treated by experienced periodontists. One week after surgery a questionnaire was given to the patients to rate postoperative pain, swelling, thermal sensitivity, and bleeding. Tactile sensitivity was evaluated in terms of presence or absence. Data were analyzed statistically by applying the analysis of variance test for comparison of the values of bleeding and the Student t test for comparing pain, swelling, tenderness to percussion, and thermal sensitivity.

RESULTS:

Postoperative bleeding did not show statistically significant differences between surgeries performed by PG periodontal students and experienced periodontists. There were statistically significant differences in contact sensitivity, thermal sensitivity, edema, and pain between surgeries performed by PG periodontal students and experienced periodontists. There were no statistically significant differences in postoperative morbidity between male and female patients.

CONCLUSIONS:

Morbidity after resective periodontal surgery is low. Patients treated by experienced periodontists had lower postoperative morbidity than patients treated by PG periodontal students. There were no differences in morbidity between male and female patients.

PMID:
21513468
DOI:
10.1902/jop.2011.110032
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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