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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 201-202  

Periodontology – Review, revive and regenerate

President ISP, MDS;Ph.D (Dental Sciences), Ph.D Guide Fellowship ICOI (NY), Periodontist and Implantologist, Renupriya Dental Health Care, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication02-May-2022

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Anirban Chatterjee
President ISP, MDS;Ph.D (Dental Sciences), Ph.D Guide Fellowship ICOI (NY), Periodontist and Implantologist, Renupriya Dental Health Care, Bangalore, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_151_22

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Greetings to all my dear budding Periodontists and my fellow mate

This is the time to ponder! Is it true that we're heading in the right direction? Is there a need for a significant shift in our attitude towards Periodontology as a discipline or as a profession? Dentistry, as well as our speciality of Periodontology, has been rapidly vanquishing over the previous decade. According to the data, there are 247 dental colleges in India that provide MDS programmes, with 231 of them having 827 periodontology seats. In our specialisation, 40-50 percent of the seats are vacant out of the 827 available. What might be the actual reason for this? Is it rationality?

Is it the system that is working against us, or are we, as domain experts, not contributing enough to the discipline's growth? Only 30% of postgraduate students choose periodontology as a speciality; the remaining 70% take a chance because periodontics is the only surgical specialty other than oral and maxillofacial surgery. In other therapeutic (clinical) topics like endodontics, prosthodontics, Pedodontics and orthodontics, 90% of seats are taken by choice and 10% by chance.

As the saying goes “some things happen by choice while some by chance.”

The field of periodontology for me was by chance and not by choice. The subject of periodontology never remained the same after joining MDS in Periodontology; it changed for the better. I wasn't aware of the field's depths at first, but after being exposed to seminars, journal clubs, and a tremendous quantity of clinical experience, I was able to broaden my horizons and appreciate the discipline while also understanding its importance in dentistry.

Periodontology was once considered one of the oldest and most prestigious clinical branches of dentistry. Last one decade, the decipher has been visible.

Why aren't we able to hang on to our hallowed ground any longer?The current scenario of Periodontology post graduate admission in all over the country has given a disheartening report. Are we to blame for this circumstances?

As president of the India Society of Periodontology, I want to have a vision and mission for our burgeoning dentists, as well as reposition the field of periodontology to a respectable level as previously.

In order to raise general knowledge among our aspiring dentists, numerous integrated activities from ISP has been implemented. The greatest way to pique their interest is to urge them to participate in genuine scaling and root planning followed by modest surgical procedures during their rotational internship. Implantology should be given similar weight as a clinical subject because it is a vital participant in the area of Periodontology, and an implantology session should be made mandatory in all dental colleges having Periodontology seats.

When it comes to meeting multidisciplinary treatment modules, the branch is always the cornerstone and a key actor. Along with research-based initiatives, there should be a focus on the MDS course curriculum, as well as the dissertation, short studies and research work which should emphasise more on surgical aspects. Students should be given prominence and trained in a manner such that a keen interest can develop, allowing them to shine both as academicians and as successful clinicians.


Let's all join hands together and mould the future of Periodontology considering it as a one of the most important mission of Indian Society of Periodontology.

Let's Revive and Regenerate Periodontology to its bygone Epoch.






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