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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 128-131

Corticosteroids in Dentistry


1 Department of Oral Medicine, Narsinhbhai Patel Dental College and Hospital, Mehsana, Gujarat
2 Department of Periodontia, Narsinhbhai Patel Dental College and Hospital, Mehsana, Gujarat
3 Department of Pharmacology, Narsinhbhai Patel Dental College and Hospital, Mehsana

Correspondence Address:
Kamlesh Singh
Department of Periodontia, Narsinhbhai Patel Dental College and Hospital Visnagar, Mehsana, Gujarat

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DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10011-1111

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Glucocorticosteroids are used extensively in dentistry for their anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effects. Most of the diseases for which steroids are used are characterized by inflammation, which appears secondary to a hypersensitivity reaction against auto components. Glucocorticoids do not interfere with the primary disease mechanisms but they are used because of their anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effects. It seems reasonable to profit from steroids as palliatives in acute phases of the diseases and/or as long-term suppressors of the general host defense. The article deals with the use of corticosteroids in the treatment of the various conditions and diseases affecting oral cavity.


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