The emerging new understanding of periodontal disease is logically leading to new prevention and treatment strategies. Advances in both surgical and medical approaches to disease management have greatly increased the treatment options. Systemic and locally delivered antimicrobials augment scaling and root planing. Anti-inflammatory therapy is now used to block tissue destructive mediators and enzymes; and signaling molecules and growth factors are making regeneration of lost periodontal structures such as cementum, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone possible. The strong evidence that periodontal disease is a risk for certain systemic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and adverse pregnancy outcomes demands a new and aggressive effort in identifying and managing periodontal disease.
Speaker: Ray Williams