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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 78-81

AZODO suture: A simple periodontal pocket reduction treatment technique

Department of Periodontics, University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria

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Clement C Azodo
Room 21, 2nd Floor, Prof. A. O. Ejide Dental Complex, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City
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DOI: 10.4103/srmjrds.srmjrds_7_19

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AZODO suture is a simple, easy, success-oriented periodontal pocket reduction and gingival papilla reconstruction procedure. It starts with obtaining informed consent for the procedure followed by scaling, root planing, and curettage of the diseased pocket and then by an interrupted suture with polyglycolic resorbable suture. When the pockets on two adjacent teeth exist, a modification (MODIFIED AZODO suture) in the form of horizontal mattress suturing technique is used. The hypothesized mechanism of action is that the suturing of the gingiva apposes the facial and lingual side of the interdental gingiva with the tissues filling the interdental space-generating pressure that facilitates the apposition of the gingiva on the distal/mesial surfaces of the tooth with pocket. The consequent tissue modeling facilitates a proper interdental papilla. This prevents food impaction, ensures cleanliness, facilitates healing, and restores the interdental health.

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