Periodontal response to mechanical non-surgical therapy: a review

J Periodontol. 1992 Feb;63(2):118-30. doi: 10.1902/jop.1992.63.2.118.


This literature review is concerned with the ability of personal oral hygiene and mechanical instrumentation to establish and maintain periodontal health. Clinical, microbiologic, and histologic responses to non-surgical therapy are evaluated to provide guidelines for expected treatment results. Factors that may limit the effectiveness of non-surgical therapy as a closed procedure are also addressed. These include length of therapy, skill of therapists, patient compliance, responsibility of clinician for maintenance, and disease activity status of the patient.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dental Prophylaxis* / instrumentation
  • Dental Prophylaxis* / methods
  • Humans
  • Periodontitis / prevention & control
  • Periodontitis / therapy*
  • Periodontium / physiopathology*