Intrabony defects and non-surgical treatment

Prim Dent J. 2014 Aug;3(3):48-50. doi: 10.1308/205016814812736682.


Periodontitis can lead to vertical bone loss with the creation of 'intrabony defects', associated with higher risk of progression if left untreated. Intrabony defects are considered candidates for periodontal surgical procedures, in order to arrest disease progression and achieve bone regeneration. This paper brings forward anecdotal and scientific evidence from the literature to describe how even non-surgical periodontal treatment can result in clinical and radiographic resolution of periodontal intrabony defects.

MeSH terms

  • Alveolar Bone Loss / surgery
  • Alveolar Bone Loss / therapy*
  • Alveolar Process / diagnostic imaging
  • Bone Density / physiology
  • Humans
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Oral Hygiene / education
  • Periodontal Attachment Loss / therapy
  • Periodontal Debridement / instrumentation
  • Periodontal Debridement / methods*
  • Periodontal Pocket / therapy
  • Periodontitis / therapy
  • Radiography
  • Surgical Flaps / surgery