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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 299-300  

Indian Society of Periodontology: The pillar of periodontics

President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Principal, Professor and Head of Department of Periodontology, Mahe Institute of Dental Sciences, Puducherry, India

Date of Web Publication1-Jul-2019

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Anil Melath
President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Principal, Professor and Head of Department of Periodontology, Mahe Institute of Dental Sciences, Puducherry
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DOI: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_295_19

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Periodontics, in the past few years, has been on the leading edge of the revolution of dentistry as evidence based discipline. However, there is a general feeling that the students are not aware of the full potential of this remarkable speciality.

The main pedestals of this speciality now are periodontal medicine, regenerative therapy, periodontal plastic surgery and dental implant surgery. Treatments based on these pillars of periodontics will help patients to maintain the form and function of their teeth as well as aesthetics for a long time thus ensuring a complete satisfaction.

The concept of periodontal medicine and its emphasis on diminishing the chronic inflammatory load has thrown a new light on the management of medically compromised patients. With regard to India's rapidly aging population, the importance of timely periodontal maintenance cannot be disregarded. Regenerative therapy, periodontal plastic and dental implant surgery has been revamped with new concepts and techniques over the past few years thus elevating the status of our speciality into the top most sought out care, especially abroad. In India, however, a need for more awareness is pertinent.

Ours is a specialty that entails us to have a thorough knowledge about aspects of microbiology, pathology and immunology. This knowledge will also give us plenty of opportunities to pursue research interests. The comprehensive management of patients requiring multi-disciplinary care also gives us the freedom to work with other departments and hence enhance the treatment given to these patients as well as our knowledge.

The Indian society of Periodontology (ISP) is the national organization which represents all periodontists in India. ISP plays a major role in organizing regular meetings and conferences which will serve as a great platform to learn more about this speciality and also provide a plethora of opportunities to meet and interact with other specialists and fellow trainees.

We need to conduct more workshops and conferences for undergraduate students as well to make them aware of the possibilities of this speciality. We should involve them in assisting as well as performing minor surgical procedures to inculcate their interest in this subject. Advance courses in TMJ and occlusal rehabilitation should be highlighted in our conferences to make our students proficient in managing them.

It would beneficial if more courses are conducted for the general dentists on the scope of periodontics. General dentists usually address only the patient symptoms. Periodontal diseases, unfortunately shows symptoms only in the advanced stages of destruction. The ever increasing number of patients with periodontal problems will necessitate a greater understanding and expertise for their treatment on the part of the general dentists. Hence these dentists should be trained for early diagnosis and timely referral to periodontists, which can go a long way in preserving periodontal health.

The journal of ISP also plays a pivotal role in uplifting our speciality. We should encourage our students to pursue research activities by publishing informative and stimulating articles which enhance their interest in the subject. Our journal can also serve as a platform for a plethora of new concepts, newer surgical techniques and discussions on the existing concepts. This will also aid us in being updated in our field and provide the best results to our patiemts.

I would like to conclude by congratulating the entire organizing committee of Perio Preksha, the 18th ISP PG Convention held at Jaipur, for their excellent team work in efficiently conducting the conference. Eagerly awaiting for many more invigorating ISP activities like the same.


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