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A survey on regenerative surgery performed by Swiss specialists in periodontology with special emphasis on the application of enamel matrix derivatives in infrabony defects

, : A survey on regenerative surgery performed by Swiss specialists in periodontology with special emphasis on the application of enamel matrix derivatives in infrabony defects. Schweizer Monatsschrift für Zahnmedizin 121(2): 136-142

This survey aimed to evaluate the common practice of regenerative periodontal surgery with special regard to the use of enamel matrix derivatives (EMD, Emdogain® ) by board-certified specialists in periodontology and non-certified, but active members of the Swiss Society of Periodontology (SSP). A cross-sectional postal survey of 533 dentists, representing all members of the SSP practising in Switzerland, was conducted. The questionnaire consisted of three sections, assessing: 1) general personal information regarding the practice setting and education, 2) general questions regarding periodontal surgery practices and 3) specific questions regarding the use of EMD. The information obtained was compared and differences between specialists and non-specialists were calculated. P-values smaller than 5% were considered significant. Sixty-nine percent of the specialists answered the questionnaire, compared to only 37.4% of the non-specialists (overall: 42.4%). In general, specialists performed surgeries more frequently, and presented a significantly higher percentage of EMD users than the non-specialists. The application guidelines were followed in general. Some differences were observed in application and selection criteria. The subjective perception of clinical success varied greatly among clinicians. Residual pockets were reported to be present in approximately one third of the defects after therapy. In conclusion, this survey revealed that EMD was used on a regular basis by dentists performing periodontal therapy. In addition, the answers by both groups generally corresponded well with the current available literature.


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