Advisory Committee Chair
Advisory Committee Members
Maria L Geisinger
Date of Award
Degree Name by School
Master of Science (MS) School of Dentistry
The current standard of care for treating chronic periodontitis is scaling and root planing (ScRP) followed by supportive periodontal therapy (SPT) (Cobb et al., 2021; Ramfjord et al., 1987). The goal of ScRP is to eliminate supra- and subgingival bacterial deposits and to reduce periodontal pathogens, inflammation, and pocket depths (Greenstein, 2000). Although ScRP has been shown to significantly improve baseline clinical parameters, moderate to advanced cases may require additional surgical therapy which many patients resist (Stambaugh, 1981; Becker et al., 2001). Currently, no dentifrice used adjunctively has been proven to increase the therapeutic effects of scaling and root planing. This study hypothesizes that the adjunctive use of Livionex Dental Gel (LDG) as a home care product result in the reduction of probing pocket depth (PD) beyond the effect achieved by the current standard of care with SRP in periodontitis patients. Secondary outcomes would be to determine safety, changes in plaque index (PI), gingival in dex (GI), clinical attachment level (CAL) and bleeding on probing (BP) over a period of 180 days from initiation of ScRP therapy.
Pham, Sarah, "Randomized Control Trial of a Novel Dental Gel as an Adjunct to Scaling and Root Planing in Subjects with Stage II & III Periodontitis" (2023). All ETDs from UAB. 403.