There is an increasing understanding of how systemic diseases impact the health of the periodontium, which will create more diagnostic and therapeutic challenges, particularly in diabetics and individuals who take medictions that impact oral health.
By middle age, 50% of the population will have some form of periodontal disease. In this edition of the Roundtable, our panel examines how clinicians can assist in the prevention of the disease and what treatment options are available for patients.
There is an association between periodontitis, especially advanced states, and higher mortality rates as shown in various research studies.
For several years, a controversy has been brewing over treatment of the periodontal patient and appropriateness of referral to a periodontist. With various treatment options available today for the periodontal patient, the trend has been to defer referral and treat the patient conservatively in the general practice. However, the central question remains: What is best for the patient?
I would have to say that the biggest change of any dental specialty is in the periodontal field. There has been a real mindset change that deeply affects the profession. I am not commenting on whether this change is good or bad — I will leave that up to the reader to decide.
There is no doubt that lasers are ideal to treat periodontal disease, and to perform many procedures on soft and hard tissues with less bleeding, less discomfort, better results, and, in many cases, without local anesthetics. Based upon the available literature and clinical practice today, lasers definitely have a place in everyday dentistry. So, why the controversy?
Recently, there has been speculation about a change in the mindset of periodontists – one that could have a major impact on patient care and treatment outcomes. Some have implied that today’s periodontists are forgoing traditional periodontal therapy that aims to preserve natural dentition in favor of extracting diseased teeth and replacing them with dental implants.
Everything you wanted to know about periodontics and implantology.
The American Academy of Periodontology's commitment to our dental specialty and the public - To be the voice for periodontists as the collaborative partner to achieve optimal oral health.
The Mission of the American Board of Periodontology is to advance the art and science of periodontics and enhance the quality of periodontal care through the examination, certification, and periodic recertification of periodontists.
ANZAP's mission is to promote the dental and general health of the community through the advancement of Periodontology in research, education and clinical practice; and to maintain the highest ethical and professional standards amongst member Periodontists.
The British Society of Periodontology was founded in 1949 to promote for the benefit of the public the art and science of dentistry, and in particular the art and science of periodontology… to advance all aspects of periodontology and promote improvements in the teaching...
Our mission is to serve the members of the Academy as the national voice of periodontists, to promote excellence in the practice of periodontics by setting the standards of care and guidelines for therapy, and to advance the periodontal health of the public.
The International Academy of Periodontology was established in 1985 to improve knowledge and disseminate information about periodontics worldwide to those who have an interest in the prevention and treatment of diseases of the periodontium...
This Journal's aim is to convey scientific progress in periodontology to those concerned with application of this knowledge for the benefit of the dental health of the community. It addresses itself primarily to clinicians, general practitioners, periodontists, as well as to teachers and administrators involved in the organisation of prevention and treatment of periodontal disease.
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