Comparison of two different probing systems for evaluation of bleeding on probing (BOP)

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Author Details : Pratiksha Tripathi*, Komal Puri, Ashish Kumar, Manish Khatri, Mansi Bansal, Mohd. Rehan

Volume : 6, Issue : 3, Year : 2021

Article Page : 157-160

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Background: Bleeding on probing (BOP) is the best documented parameter in the monitoring of periodontal health and in?ammation of the gingival tissues. It is measured as bleeding provoked by applying a probe to the bottom of a sulcus/pocket. Since BoP may be provoked by trauma to the tissues using a periodontal probe hence, probing pressure can be considered as an important factor in the assessment of bleeding on probing.
Aim: The purpose of the study was to evaluate bleeding on probing by conventional probe and pressure sensitive probe.
Materials and Methods : 50 subjects (1400 sites) in this split mouth study were evaluated for bleeding on probing by using a conventional periodontal probe and a manual pressure sensitive probe. Gingival Bleeding Index (Ainamo and Bay 1975) was used in the study for assessment of BOP.
Result : More bleeding sites were found in the quadrant associated with the conventional probe as compared to the sites associated with pressure sensitive probe.
Conclusion : Amount of pressure applied during probing can be a significant factor in assessment the periodontal disease activity.
Keywords: Bleeding on probing, UNC­15 probe, TPS probe

How to cite : Tripathi P, Puri K, Kumar A, Khatri M, Bansal M, Rehan M, Comparison of two different probing systems for evaluation of bleeding on probing (BOP). IP Int J Periodontol Implantol 2021;6(3):157-160

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Article History

Received : 18-05-2021

Accepted : 09-09-2021

Available online : 11-10-2021

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