Presenting the periodontal probe is the only available, simple yet accurate and dependable method for providing information to locate, assess and measure sulci or pocket. The use of periodontal probe in estimating probing depth is subject to large errors. Hence, one method or reducing errors in probing depth assessment is to employ a probe capable of providing a standard probing force, so in the present study a clinical evaluation and comparison made to know the effect of controlled probing over the uncontrolled force in probing depth measurements. Aims and objectives: To clinically evaluate and compare color-coded polymeric periodontal probe (Periowise-1st generation) with True Pressure Sensitive Probe (TPS-Ivoclar-Vivadent-2nd Generation) in assessment of probing depth measurement in <5mm and ≥5mm probing sites/pockets. Materials and methods: Group A: Consisted of 20 subjects, each with one shallow (<5mm) and one deep (≥5mm) periodontal pockets/probing sites. The pocket depths were assessed by using both the true pressure sensitive probe and Periowise color-coded polymeric periodontal probe by a single examiner. Group B: Consisted of 20 subjects, each with one shallow (<5mm) and one deep (≥5mm) periodontal pockets/probing sites. The pocket depths were assessed by using both the True pressure sensitive probe and Periowise color-coded polymeric periodontal probe by two different examiners (1&2). Results and Conclusion: Based on the observation of evaluation and comparison it can be concluded that probe with no attempt to control probing pressure showed a significant deeper recordings both at shallow and deep pocket, and as the probing sites got deeper the differences were more and frequency of agreement between the examiners reduced as the pocket depth increased.
Key words: True Pressure Sensitive Probe, Color-coded polymeric probe, inter-examiner reliability.
Received: 12 July, 2019 Revised: 19 August 2019 Accepted: 25 August 2019
Corresponding Author: Dr Mahesh H.V., Associate Professor, Department of Dentistry, Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences, Mandya, Karnataka state, India
This article may be cited as:H.V Mahesh, KS Ramya. Comparison of true pressure sensitive probe and colour coded polymeric probe in measurement of clinical attachment levels. J Adv Med Dent Scie Res 2014;7(9):65-72.