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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2008  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 62-66

Evidence-based periodontal therapy: An overview


Department of Periodontics, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College and Hospital, Chennai - 600 095., India

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R Vijayalakshmi
Department of Periodontics, Meenakshi Ammal Dental College and Hospital, Chennai - 600 095.
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.44097

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Dentists need to make clinical decisions based on limited scientific evidence. In clinical practice, a clinician must weigh a myriad of evidences every day. The goal of evidence-based dentistry is to help practitioners provide their patients with optimal care. This is achieved by integrating sound research evidence with personal clinical expertise and patient values to determine the best course of treatment. Periodontology has a rich background of research and scholarship. Therefore, efficient use of this wealth of research data needs to be a part of periodontal practice. Evidence-based periodontology aims to facilitate such an approach and it offers a bridge from science to clinical practice. The clinician must integrate the evidence with patient preference, scientific knowledge, and personal experience. Most important, it allows us to care for our patients. Therefore, evidence-based periodontology is a tool to support decision-making and integrating the best evidence available with clinical practice.


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