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J Clin Periodontol. 1982 Jul;9(4):290-6.

New attachment following surgical treatment of human periodontal disease.


The present experiment was undertaken to test the hypothesis that new connective tissue attachment may form on a previously periodontitis involved root surface provided cells originating from the periodontal ligament are enabled to repopulate the root surface during healing. A mandibular incisor with advanced periodontal disease of long standing (the distance between the cemento-enamel junction and the alveolar bone crest was 9 mm) was subjected to periodontal surgery using a technique which during healing prevented the dentogingival epithelium and the gingival connective tissue from reaching contact with the curetted root surface. Preference was hereby given to the periodontal ligament cells to repopulate the previously diseased root surface. After 3 months of healing a block biopsy containing the incisor and surrounding tissue was sampled. The histological analysis revealed that new cementum with inserting principal fibers had formed on the previously diseased root surface. This new attachment extended in coronal direction to a level 5 mm coronal to the alveolar bone crest. This finding suggests that new attachment can be achieved by cells originating from the periodontal ligament and demonstrates that the concept that the periodontitis affected root surface is a major preventive factor for new attachment is invalid.

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