COMPARISON OF THE PERIODONTAL PROBING STATUS BETWEEN MOLAR BANDS AND BONDED MOLAR TUBES IN ORTHODONTIC PATIENTS
It is generally accepted that periodontal pathogens are significantly more prevalent in orthodontic patients. The purpose of this study was to assess the periodontal health around orthodontic bands in comparison to the bonded teeth. 31 patients requiring orthodontic treatment were divided into two equal right and left side groups. In these patients (n=31) orthodontic molar bands were cemented on the right side maxillary permanent first molars. In the same group of patients (n=31) molar tubes were bonded to the left side maxillary permanent first molar with Transbond XT (3M Unitek, Monrovia) adhesive material. Circumferential periodontal probing depth was recorded in millimeters for both sides before starting orthodontic treatment and after six months into the treatment. Our study sample (n=31) comprised of 11 (35.5%) males and 20 (65.5%) females both in the bonded and banded sides. The post treatment mean value of PPD for banded and bonded sides (B2) and (T2) was 2.81 mm (±.437) and 1.36mm (±.191) respectively. Paired sample t-test was applied for intragroup comparison of pre and post treatment values. Both the banded and bonded sides showed a statistically significant values. Independent sample t-test was applied to compare the post treatment values of mean PPD for the banded (B2) and bonded (T2) sides, depicting a statistically significant value of 0.00. The banded molars showed a statistically higher post treatment value of periodontal probing depth as compared to the molars with bonded attachments.
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