As a dental professional, you are already familiar with the devastating effects of periodontal disease on the oral health of our patients. we want to share with you the latest advances in the staging and grading of periodontal patients.
In recent years, we have seen significant progress in the field of periodontology. One notable advancement is the use of 3D imaging technology such as cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) and intraoral scanners. These tools provide high-resolution images of the periodontal tissues and supporting bone, leading to more accurate diagnosis and staging of periodontal disease. This, in turn, allows for better treatment planning and outcome assessment.
We have also developed new classification systems that incorporate clinical, radiographic, and genetic markers of disease susceptibility and severity. The 2017 World Workshop on the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases and Conditions introduced a new classification system that takes into account genetic and immunological markers in order to better stratify patients according to their risk for disease progression and response to treatment.
Furthermore, recent research has provided us with a better understanding of the pathophysiology of periodontal disease. We now know more about the role of the oral microbiome and host immune response in disease initiation and progression. This has led to the development of new diagnostic tests, such as salivary biomarker assays and microbial profiling, that can help us to better identify patients at risk for periodontal disease and monitor disease progression.
As a dental professional, it is crucial to stay up-to-date with these advancements in the staging and grading of periodontal patients in order to provide the best possible care to our patients. Let us continue to work together to improve the oral health of our patients and advance the field of periodontology.
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