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J Periodontol. 1997 Jun;68(6):598-607.

A clinical evaluation of guided tissue regeneration with a bioabsorbable matrix membrane combined with an allograft bone graft. A series of case reports.


THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY was to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of a surgical technique in treating periodontal defects. The technique combined tetracycline treatment of a root planed root, grafting of the osseous defect with a demineralized freeze-dried bone allograft combined with tetracycline and the placement of a bioabsorbable matrix membrane, made of polylactic acid softened with citric acid ester. Thirty defects were treated in 27 patients. Statistically significant changes, as a result of the surgical procedure, were observed in marginal recession (mean: 0.5 mm), probing depth reductions (mean: 5.7 mm), and attachment level gain (mean: 5.2 mm). No statistically significant difference existed between the results in the furcation and non-furcation groups. The defects with probing depths > or = 10 mm had a greater mean probing depth reduction (7.4 mm) and mean attachment level improvement (7.2 mm) than the defects with < 10 mm probing depths (probing depth reduction 4.5 mm and attachment level gain 3.9 mm). The proposed surgical procedure seemed to be an effective method to treat periodontal defects.

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