Future Potential for Minimally Invasive Periodontal Therapy Chapter uri icon


  • © 2015 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. All rights reserved. Based on the enthusiastic acceptance of nonsurgical treatment and minimally invasive surgery in medicine and dentistry, the future for the discipline in periodontal treatment is bright. The basic tenants of periodontal therapy are unlikely to change no matter what physical approach is taken. There is almost universal agreement that periodontal diseases stem from the combination of microbiota and the body's response to these microbiota and their byproducts. The major problem facing nonsurgical periodontal therapy is the deficiencies in the current technology available for visualizing the pocket. The long-term goals for minimally invasive periodontal therapy may well be a hybrid between nonsurgical and surgical minimally invasive treatment. It is conceivable that in the future, technology will allow for treatment of periodontal disease using incisions that are less damaging than is currently caused by placing a traditional curette into an intact periodontal pocket/sulcus.

author list (cited authors)

  • Harrel, S. K., & Wilson, T. G

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Harrel, Stephen K||Wilson, Thomas G

Book Title

  • Minimally Invasive Periodontal Therapy

publication date

  • November 2014