Plasma osteoprotegerin levels are decreased in smoker chronic periodontitis patients.

@article{Ozaka2010PlasmaOL,
  title={Plasma osteoprotegerin levels are decreased in smoker chronic periodontitis patients.},
  author={Ozg{\"u}n Ozçaka and Ayşe Nalbantsoy and Timur K{\"o}se and Nurcan Buduneli},
  journal={Australian dental journal},
  year={2010},
  volume={55 4},
  pages={405-10}
}
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate plasma levels of soluble receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappa B ligand (sRANKL) and osteoprotegerin (OPG) in smoker versus non-smoker chronic periodontitis patients. METHODS Plasma samples were obtained from 13 smoker and 31 non-smoker systemically healthy chronic periodontitis patients, as well as 13 smoker and 29 non-smoker systemically and periodontally healthy subjects. Before commencing any periodontal intervention, venous blood… CONTINUE READING