Longitudinal Assessment of Disease Sites by Attachment Level Changes and Bone Density Loss by Digital Image Analysis
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There are currently no definitive methods for clinically assessing initiation or progression of periodontitis. Repeated attachment level measurements have been used by several investigators, with a change of 2mm being indicative of true progression. Other recent studies have established digital subtraction radiography as a sensitive method of detecting even slight density change within alveolar bone. This study attempted to evaluate such changes in radiographic density as a potential indicator of disease progression. Twenty-one patients with a history of periodontitis were monitored using both clinical and radiographic means. Of these patients, 10 were untreated, 3 had been treated and received active maintenance care during the monitoring period, and 8 were treated but received no maintenance care. Measurement intervals were at baseline, 3, 6, and 9 months. Theses.
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