X EFP European Workshop in Periodontology

Latest EFP scientific conference enhances efficacy in soft tissue regeneration and dental surgery techniques

X EFP European Workshop in Periodontology

Periodontal Plastic Surgery and Soft Tissue Regeneration

Parador de La Granja de San Ildefonso (Segovia), Spain. November 10-13, 2013

A key meeting to review and advance the science underpinning aesthetic dentistry took place in Spain this November, bringing together over 60 of the world\\\'s leading dental surgeons, researchers, clinicians, and biologists.

Four days of intense study and debate were aimed at honing knowledge and creating recommendations in Periodontal Plastic Surgery and Soft Tissue Regeneration through focus on wound healing, regeneration, clinical efficacy, and surgical techniques. Studies reviewed by scientists covered, among other topics, procedures in treating local and multiple gingival recessions, mucosal augmentation around implants, flap design and grafting techniques in plastic surgery of the mouth, soft tissue replacement grafts, and scaffolds, cells, and biologicals in tissue regeneration.

The event was organised jointly by the leading European periodontology body, the EFP, and Osteology Foundation, a research organisation which guides scientific thinking towards application in both product and practice. Sponsorship for the Workshop was provided by the company, Geistlich Pharma.

Cloistered amongst the solid, stone buildings of a stately Spanish mountain village - La Granja de San Ildefonso near Segovia is often called \\\"the Versailles of Spain\\\" - this large body of experts worked in three groups, analysing papers and assessing the best ways to link current scientific evidence to clinical practice.

Professor Mariano Sanz, co-chair of the Organising Committee and chair of the working group on Surgical techniques, highlighted the importance of the event: \\\"The techniques used to treat soft tissues around teeth and implants are highly relevant in clinical practice today. We feel it is important to review the efficacy of these procedures and evaluate their scientific bases.\\\"

\\\"Clearly, dentists are oral health providers, and we deal with treatment for oral diseases, but we also deal extensively with the wellbeing of our patients, and having a good aesthetic appearance is considered part of wellbeing today. The patient\\\'s smile always has a tooth component, as well as a gingival component, and we are here to discuss techniques aimed at improving the gingival component and the resulting smiles of our patients,\\\" added Sanz.

Co-organisers, Osteology Foundation, is a Swiss-based scientific body which nurtures a symbiosis between universities and industry with a specific focus on oral and maxillofacial tissue regeneration. Several of the Foundation\\\'s scientific leaders were present at the gathering, including the President of the Foundation\\\'s Board, Christoph Hammerle, the other co-organiser of the event.

\\\"Because both organisations (EFP, Osteology Foundation) are heavily involved in developing research and education in soft tissue regeneration, it made a lot of sense to team up,\\\" said Dr. Hammerle.

\\\"Soft tissue aspects of the oral cavity are key aspects of patient wellbeing today. Our working group is focussing on the pre-clinical parts of this, the biological background and the understanding of what is happening during wound healing and when we interfere with normal wound healing in order to improve treatment outcomes. We are trying to understand the biological processes and to improve the treatments we are newly developing,\\\" he continued.

It is customary for Workshop findings to be edited and published in the prestigious Journal of Clinical Periodontology (JCP), and this 10th event is no exception. A special supplement in the April 2014 issue of the JCP will contain all the consensus reports, once they are compiled, from this 10th Workshop\\\'s three working groups. Editor-in-chief of the JCP, Maurizio Tonetti is also chair of the Workshop\\\'s working group on Clinical Efficacy and a member of the Workshop organising committee.

\\\"In the last few years, there has been a big change in the problems clinicians face whenever they try to solve problems related to gingival recession. The scope of this workshop is to look at the evidence, put it together in a new way, and help us do a better job with the clinical decision-making process,\\\" said Professor Tonetti.

Emphasising the role of the Journal of Clinical Periodontology as a \\\"vehicle to bring these deliberations to everybody\\\", Tonetti added: \\\"To give you a sense of the excitement the Workshops are generating in the scientific community, in the first two months when we put the proceedings of the last Workshop online, the articles and the consensus conference reports had been downloaded more than 50,000 times.\\\" Free access to these documents here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcpe.2013.40.issue-s14/issuetoc

For over 20 years, the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) has organised these now annual Workshops, and they represent the pinnacle of research activity in periodontal science. This 10th Workshop was another milestone meeting, and it also boasted representation from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP).

Present at all 10 Workshops over the last two decades has been Swiss periodontology veteran, and mentor of many of the participants at this latest event, Professor Niklaus Lang. \\\"The repercussions of these Workshops in terms of training and informing professionals are immense, as are their benefits for patients. Through work like this, the EFP is the most important world authority in Periodontology.\\\"

In 2012, both the EFP and the AAP worked jointly on the 9th such EFP Workshop, which studied evidence of the relationship between periodontal and systemic diseases, confirming bi-directional links between gum complaints and diabetes, as well as associations involving cardiovascular conditions and adverse pregnancy outcomes. The workshop debate on what is increasingly becoming known by the term periodontal medicine became the focus of a major ongoing international awareness campaign organised by the EFP calling on health professionals to recognise periodontitis as a major public health concern. The EFP issued a Manifesto (http://perioworkshop.efp.org/efp-manifesto/) to promote periodontal health, and this document has won backing from a number of important health institutions, among them a recent trophy signee for the campaign, the British Dental Association, and the Andalusian Health Service (Spain), one of the largest health bodies in Europe in terms of population and professionals employed.

The recent addition of Russia brings to 29 the number of national periodontology societies in the increasingly expanding European Federation.

\\\"By being such a large organisation we are, of course, a major player when it comes to promoting periodontology in the world, and our mission is to continue that work\\\" said EFP General Secretary Stefan Renvert.

\\\"We are translating the knowledge we get from the Workshops into statements that can be used worldwide in the dental field. We are doing this through our congresses and through publishing quality papers in our publication, the Journal of Clinical Periodontology,\\\" continued Renvert.

\\\"We want to reach out to specialists, to the whole dental team, and to work with other organisations, with industry, with other stakeholders, with patients and the public at large,\\\" said the EFP executive.