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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 72-76

Aloe vera on wound healing after periodontal flap surgery in chronic periodontitis patient: A randomized control trial


Department of Periodontology and Implantology, MGV's KBH Dental College and Hospital, Nashik, Maharashtra, India

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Anuja D Hudwekar
Department of Periodontology and Implantology, MGV's KBH Dental College and Hospital, Nashik, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jorr.jorr_14_19

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Introduction: Aloe vera is known for its wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties which may be used for periodontal healing. Early healing of the gingival and periodontal wounds promotes favorable treatment outcome. Aim: This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of Aloe vera on wound healing after periodontal flap surgery. Materials and Methods: Ten patients with chronic periodontitis indicated for periodontal flap surgery were included in this single-blinded, split-mouth, randomized controlled clinical trial. The selected sites were allocated into test and control sites by using simple randomization. After flap surgery, only the test sites received an application of A loe vera extract (gel). Postoperative healing was assessed using the Early Healing Index (EHI) after the 1st week and the Healing Index (HI) after the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th weeks. Results: Better initial healing was observed in the test sites in comparison to the control sites in the 1st postoperative week as recorded by the EHI and HI, whereas no significant differences were observed at the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th weeks. Conclusion: Application of Aloe vera extract was effective in significantly improving healing scores in the 1st postoperative week.


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