Clinical and histologic evaluation of non-surgical periodontal therapy with enamel matrix derivative: A report of four cases

James T. Mellonig, Pilar Valderrama, Holly J. Gregory, David L. Cochran

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Background: Enamel matrix derivative (EMD) is a composite of proteins that was demonstrated histologically to work as an adjunct to periodontal regenerative surgical therapy. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical and histologic effects of EMD as an adjunct to scaling and root planing. Methods: Four patients with severe chronic peri- odontitis and scheduled to receive complete dentures were accrued. Probing depth and clinical attachment levels were obtained. Unlimited time was allowed for hand and ultrasonic instrumentation. A notch was placed in the root ≤1 to 2 mm from the apical extent of root planing. EMD was inserted into the pocket, and a periodontal dressing was placed. Patients were seen every 2 weeks for plaque control. At 6 months post-treatment, soft tissue measurements were repeated, and the teeth were removed en bloc and prepared for histomorphologic analysis. Results: Probing depth reduction and clinical attachment level gain were obtained in three-fourths of the specimens. Three of the four specimens analyzed histologically demonstrated new cementum, bone, periodontal ligament, and connective tissue attachment coronal to the notch. In one specimen, the gingival margin had receded below the notch. Conclusions: The results were unexpected and may represent an aberration. However, the substantial reduction in deep probing depths and clinical attachment level gain in three of four specimens, in addition to the histologic findings of new cementum, new bone, a new periodontal ligament, and a new connective tissue attachment, suggest that EMD may be useful as an adjunct to scaling and root planing in single-rooted teeth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1534-1540
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of periodontology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • Case report
  • Dental scaling
  • Histology
  • Root planing
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Periodontics


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