Iatrogenic Damage to the Periodontium Caused by Periodontal Treatment Procedures

P Latheef 1, *, Syed Sirajuddin 2, Veenadharini Gundapaneni 2, Kumuda MN 2, Ashwini Apine 2
1 Al Shefa Polyclinic, P.O. Box 6190, D-Ring Road, Doha, Qatar
2 Department of Periodontology, Rajarajeswari Dental College & Hospital, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Periodontitis is an inflammatory disease affecting the periodontium i.e. the tissues that surround and support the teeth. Periodontitis manifests as progressive loss of the alveolar bone around the teeth, and if left untreated, can cause loosening and subsequent loss of teeth. Periodontitis is initiated by microorganisms that adhere to and grow on the tooth's surfaces, besides an over -aggressive immune response against these microorganisms. The primary goal of periodontal therapy is to preserve the natural dentition by accomplishing and preserving a healthy functional periodontium. Many treatment modalities have been introduced to improve the therapeutic result of periodontal treatment which may also damage the periodontiumiatrogenically.

Keywords: Iatrogenic, periodontal surgery, periodontium, scaling and root planing.