Adjunctive Photodynamic Therapy in Treatment of Chronic Periodontitis

2014-08-27 03:17:12 | BioPortfolio


The aim of this study is to verify the efficacy of Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) as an adjunct to non-surgical treatment of chronic periodontitis by assessing clinical and microbiological and immunological parameters. This is a randomized, controlled, double-blind, parallel clinical trial. Thirty eight patients with chronic periodontitis will receive conventional periodontal treatment. After eight weeks, patients will be re-evaluated and sites with residual pockets (PD ≥ 5 mm ) will be selected as experimental sites, and will be allocated to test and control group randomly. The test group will receive the application of PDT and the control group will receive sham procedure. The clinical parameters will be evaluated at baseline, 3, 6 and 12 months after treatment. Subgingival plaque will be collected before PDT, a week after, 3, 6 and 12 months later. The microbiological evaluation will detect and quantify periodontal pathogens such as Porphyromonas gingivalis, Tannerella forsythia, Treponema denticola and Aggregatibacter actinomycetencomitans with real time-PCR. During follow-up, patients will receive periodontal maintenance every 3 months, as well as the application of PDT or sham


The goal of periodontal treatment is to restore tissue health through the elimination and control of etiologic factors, reducing the microbial aggression. Some microorganisms persist in the root surface even after scraping. Thus, the conventional mechanical treatment may fail to reduce the number of periodontal pathogens to levels compatible with health. This study will verify the efficacy of Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) as an adjunct to non-surgical treatment of chronic periodontitis.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment


Chronic Periodontitis


sham procedure, photodynamic therapy


Faculdade de Odontologia da Universidade de São Paulo (FOUSP)
São Paulo




University of Sao Paulo

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

Chronic inflammation and loss of PERIODONTIUM that is associated with the amount of DENTAL PLAQUE or DENTAL CALCULUS present. Chronic periodontitis occurs mostly in adults and was called adult periodontitis, but this disease can appear in young people.

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Inflammation and loss of connective tissues supporting or surrounding the teeth. This may involve any part of the PERIODONTIUM. Periodontitis is currently classified by disease progression (CHRONIC PERIODONTITIS; AGGRESSIVE PERIODONTITIS) instead of age of onset. (From 1999 International Workshop for a Classification of Periodontal Diseases and Conditions, American Academy of Periodontology)

Inflammation and loss of PERIODONTIUM that is characterized by rapid attachment loss and bone destruction in the presence of little local factors such as DENTAL PLAQUE and DENTAL CALCULUS. This highly destructive form of periodontitis often occurs in young people and was called early-onset periodontitis, but this disease also appears in old people.

A complex mixture of monomeric and aggregated porphyrins used in the photodynamic therapy of tumors (HEMATOPORPHYRIN PHOTORADIATION). A purified component of this mixture is known as DIHEMATOPORPHYRIN ETHER.

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