Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology

: 2022  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 305-

Periodontics………The conquistador of dental practice

Manish Khatri 
 Acting President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Prof. & Head, Department of Periodontology, Institute of Dental Studies & Technologies, Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Manish Khatri
Acting President, Indian Society of Periodontology, Prof. & Head, Department of Periodontology, Institute of Dental Studies & Technologies, Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh

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Periodontics is the branch and specialty of dentistry, which is concerned with diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions of supporting and surrounding tissues of teeth or their substitutes and maintenance of the health, function and aesthetics of these structures and tissues.

Periodontal diseases are the most prevalent dental diseases all over the world and they are very common above 30 years of age, being responsible for most of the adult tooth loss. One of the important reasons for the neglect of this extensive clinical subject has been the ignorance of the patient pool. Dental awareness in India is low even in urban areas and almost non-existent in rural areas where the bulk of the dental practice still revolves around extractions and prosthesis. The periodontal problems usually are silent with lack of obvious symptoms and rarely constitute any dental emergency. As pain is often not a major symptom, the problem is neglected for a long time before any intervention is planned. It is then a typical case of a “Too little – too late.” Adding to this conundrum is the financial burden of periodontal therapies especially in the absence of any significant dental insurance provider.

It is also becoming more and more evident that there is a correlation between gum disease and our physical well-being. It is high time that we address this vacuum by working in tandem and moving beyond our interdisciplinary one-upmanships. Beyond doubt the glamorous counterparts of Orthodontics, Prosthodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Endodontics are incomplete without a healthy periodontal foundation. Times have changed and this branch of dentistry is emerging into prominence and is a sure winner all the way. Periodontology as a field is extensive and has moved on from simple scaling and polishing to complex soft and hard tissue rehabilitation/regeneration procedures alongside playing a non-negotiable role in implant and laser dentistry as well.

It is rightly said that “tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”. Let's use this esteemed forum of Indian Society of Periodontology to sensitize not only the patients but also the dental and the medical fraternity towards the need for incorporating Periodontology judiciously, which will go a long way in creating healthy smiles. The recent era has definitely seen an increase in periodontal health awareness levels with proper emphasis on oral hygiene, aesthetics and preventive dental care which has made Periodontics an integral part of every successful dental practice.

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