|Year : 2016 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 124-125
Periodontology – The years ahead
Praveen Bhasker Kudva
President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor and Head, Department of Periodontology and Implantology, Jaipur Dental College, MVG University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
|Date of Web Publication||11-Apr-2016|
Praveen Bhasker Kudva
President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor and Head, Department of Periodontology and Implantology, Jaipur Dental College, MVG University, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Kudva PB. Periodontology – The years ahead. J Indian Soc Periodontol 2016;20:124-5
Periodontal diseases have been extensively researched with a hope of understanding the disease process more minutely and identifying newer methods to diagnose and treat it. The last 25 years have focused primarily at regeneration; however, the question arises where we are heading next.
The next 25 years should be focused on advanced diagnostics , and chairside diagnostic aids , as well as studying biomarkers. Bacterial culture techniques have been considered by far as the gold standard, but should be fortified with the help of enzymatic , and immune assays., Understanding disease activity is the key to study disease progression. Tissue breakdown products, host-derived enzymes, and inflammatory mediators can give a good insight for disease activity. The study of syndromes and familial occurrence would demand and usher genetic testing focusing on identifying an individual's predisposition to periodontal disease and also encourage gene-based therapies for successful management of periodontal diseases.
Our attempts at regeneration require to be reinforced with more in-depth studies on growth factors, stem cells, and scaffolds. The introduction of lasers in periodontal therapy has found considerable success and created newer avenues such as photodynamic therapy and laser-activated drugs in the management of periodontal infections. Implant dentistry has fast progressed with advances in biomaterials and surface coatings to enhance osseointegration, but our primary goal should always be at preservation of the dentition. The emergence of sub-disciplines such as system medicine will further our approach in diagnosing and managing periodontal diseases in future.
Technology will drive the dentistry of tomorrow in identifying, treating, and preventing periodontal diseases. Globally, societies should come together to discuss, strategize, and implement common goals, protocols, and share knowledge.
Under the aegis of the Indian Society of Periodontology, the 15th ISP PG convention was successfully conducted at Bhubaneswar. ISP has participated in the First International Craniofacial and Dental Summit, Lucknow, as well as participated in NSPOI conference in Pokhara. A number of interdisciplinary programs, professional enrichment programs, ISP Abroad, training of teachers, colloquiums, Parichay, etc., are planned for the year ahead. I congratulate the Editor Dr. Ashish Nichani and Secretary of ISP Dr. Balaji Manohar and all the office bearers for their efficient functioning, guidance, and support during my term as president. ISP has shown exemplary scientific contribution and indeed has exhibited an example for other societies to follow.
“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
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