Interaction, cooperation, and common ground between periodontology and orthodontics will be the focus of Perio Master Clinic 2023. The conference for dental clinicians will be organized by the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) in Antwerp, Belgium on 3-4 March 2023.
Multidisciplinary collaboration between periodontists and orthodontists is key for the treatment of periodontitis in its advanced stages. Most severe periodontitis patients need orthodontic treatment, but orthodontists are sometimes afraid to treat them, which results in frustration when successfully treated periodontitis patients cannot complete their rehabilitation as implants cannot be placed without previous orthodontic treatment.
– Today most orthodontists would not treat stage IV periodontitis cases. That is why it is essential to reach a common understanding among perio and ortho professionals, which is what we hope to achieve with Perio Master Clinic 2023, explains conference chairman Dr Peter Garmyn.
– It is about more than exchanging tips, tricks, and techniques – our purpose is also sharing visions, challenging traditional boundaries, and finding synergies between both specialties, for the benefit of patients.
Perio Master Clinic is a triennial, hands-on conference which aims to upskill and update the technique and practical mastery of dental practitioners, so that they can take better care of their patients’ oral health but also so that they can treat the sequelae of periodontitis efficiently and aesthetically.
Combined periodontal and orthodontic treatment approach
Under the theme “Perio-ortho synergy”, the upcoming conference will shed light on a combined periodontal and orthodontic treatment approach, and on management with the additional use of implant dentistry.
Every session of the conference will focus on a defined topic, wherein one speaker will introduce the topic and highlight its key aspects. This will be followed by a “duo” presentation by a periodontist and an orthodontist with their complementary perspectives, and finally a brief presentation of a clinical case that fits the topic of the session.
Furthermore, Perio Master Clinic 2023 is set to provide career-boosting training to attendees, thanks to its faculty of leading experts, who will teach the latest and most effective clinical techniques, based on sound scientific principles in periodontology, orthodontics, and implant dentistry.
– The treatment of complex cases of advanced periodontitis - right at the crossroads of perio and ortho – is one of the most exciting areas of dentistry today, and we will show that practitioners can still expect predictable, biological and aesthetic, long-lasting treatment outcomes in these periodontal patients, says Prof and scientific chair Virginie Monnet-Corti from France.
EFP, global benchmark in periodontology
The European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting awareness of periodontal science and the importance of gum health for oral-health professionals and the public. Its guiding vision is “Periodontal health for a better life”.
Founded in 1991, the EFP is a federation of 37 national periodontal societies representing more than 16,000 periodontists, dentists, researchers, and oral-health professionals in Europe and around the world. Gum Health Day, the organisation's awareness campaign for the public celebrated annually on 12 May, brings key messages on gum health to millions of people across the world.