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Three-dimensional micro-computed tomographic evaluation of periodontal regeneration: a human report of intrabony defects treated with Bio-Oss collagen.

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Department of Periodontology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.


This study utilized three-dimensional micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) to evaluate the regenerative response to Bio-Oss Collagen when used alone or in combination with a Bio-Gide bilayer collagen membrane for the treatment of four intrabony defects (5 to 7 mm) around single-rooted teeth. The micro-CT observations are compared to the clinical, radiographic, and histologic results, which have been previously reported. After reflecting a full-thickness flap, thorough degranulation and root planing were accomplished. Bio-Oss Collagen was then used to fill the defects, and in two cases a Bio-Gide membrane was placed over the filled defect. Radiographs, clinical probing depths, and attachment levels were obtained before treatment and immediately preceding en bloc resection of teeth and surrounding tissues 9 months later. A mean pocket depth reduction of 5.75 mm and mean clinical attachment level gain of 5.25 mm were recorded. The histologic evaluation demonstrated the formation of a complete new attachment apparatus with new cementum, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone at the level of and coronal to the calculus reference notch. Micro-CT evaluation confirmed the histologic results and demonstrated the absence of ankylosis or root resorption for all specimens. This human histologic study demonstrated that Bio-Oss Collagen has the capacity to facilitate regeneration of the periodontal attachment apparatus when placed in intrabony defects. Micro-CT observations confirmed the histologic results and enhanced the three-dimensional understanding of periodontal wound healing. The results indicate that micro-CT may be useful for three-dimensional evaluation of periodontal regenerative procedures.

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