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Int J Med Sci 2017; 14(8):721-728. doi:10.7150/ijms.19727

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Post-Surgical Clinical Monitoring of Soft Tissue Wound Healing in Periodontal and Implant Surgery

Roberto Pippi

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Abstract

Clinical features of surgical soft tissue wound healing in dentistry have been rarely discussed in the international literature. The aim of the present paper is to highlight both the main clinical findings of surgical wound healing, especially in periodontal and implant dentistry, and the wound healing monitoring procedures which should be followed. Wound inspection after careful food and plaque debridement is the essential part of wound healing monitoring. Periodontal and peri-implant probing should be performed only after tissue healing has been completed and not on a weekly basis in peri-implant tissue monitoring. Telephone follow-up and patient self-assessment scales can also be used the days following surgery to monitor the most common surgical complications such as pain, swelling, bleeding, and bruising.

Wound healing monitoring is an important concern in all surgical procedures since it allows to identify signs or/and symptoms possibly related to surgical complications.

Keywords: evaluation index, follow-up, post-operative period, self-assessment.

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How to cite this article:
Pippi R. Post-Surgical Clinical Monitoring of Soft Tissue Wound Healing in Periodontal and Implant Surgery. Int J Med Sci 2017; 14(8):721-728. doi:10.7150/ijms.19727. Available from http://www.medsci.org/v14p0721.htm