Katherine A Karpinia

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The purpose of this review is to provide the clinician with some practical rationale for the selection and use of antibiotics in the treatment of destructive periodontal diseases. We have attempted to integrate approximately 20 years of periodontal literature describing antibiotic therapy with personal experience and 21st century ideas. This article(More)
Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of published articles on short-term complications of oral piercing, possibly reflecting an increase in the popularity of this practice. Long-term effects of oral piercing, however, have had minimal documentation. This case report of a 28-year-old woman with piercing of the tongue and lower lip(More)
PURPOSE This randomized clinical trial compared the clinical efficacy and tolerability of 2 marketed self-directed vital tooth-whitening systems. MATERIALS AND METHODS Balancing for baseline tooth color, self-reported coffee/tea use, and age, 57 adult volunteers were randomized to either a whitening strip containing 6% hydrogen peroxide or a tray-based(More)
Probing pain threshold (PPT) assessments were conducted in the facial and oral sulci of maxillary central incisors and first molars of 10 periodontally healthy adults. All subjects were systemically healthy, free of pain, and reported no current medication usage. A computer-linked electronic probe, modified to deliver steadily increasing forces up to 200(More)
PURPOSE To compare the whitening effectiveness of two professional vital bleaching systems in a randomized clinical trial. MATERIALS AND METHODS Balancing for baseline color, 6 9 adult volunteers were randomized to either a whitening strip containing 6.5% hydrogen peroxide (Professional Crest Whitestrips) or a custom tray-based system using both hydrogen(More)
BACKGROUND Current interest in the assessment of probing attachment level measurements has been stimulated by recent introduction of novel periodontal probes as well as by the reclassification of periodontal diseases. Clinical attachment level (CAL) is currently the "gold standard" for diagnosing and monitoring periodontal diseases. AIM To evaluate the(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies showed that host modulation therapy (HMT) or topical antimicrobial therapy (TAT) provided significant adjunctive benefits to scaling and root planing (SRP) in the treatment of chronic periodontitis (CP). The purpose of this study was to evaluate a combination therapy involving SRP, HMT, and TAT in the treatment of moderate to(More)
The purpose of this research was to study the occurrence of gingival overgrowth (GO) in children after kidney transplantation and to investigate the relationship of GO to medical and dental parameters. Forty-nine kidney transplant patients taking the immunosuppressive drug cyclosporine A (CsA) were evaluated for plaque (PI), calculus (CI), gingival(More)
OBJECTIVES This research evaluated efficacy and safety of 6% hydrogen peroxide whitening strips from a clinical trials database accumulated over a multi-year period at a single site. METHODS The inclusive meta-analysis involved seven different randomized clinical trials at one dental school. Each study used 6% hydrogen peroxide whitening strips twice(More)