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Dent Today. 2001 Mar;20(3):86-91.

Current concepts and future trends for periodontal disease and periodontal therapy, Part 2: Classification, diagnosis, and nonsurgical and surgical therapy.

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  • 1Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, Division of Periodontics, USA.


As noted in both this and the previous review, our understanding of the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the periodontal diseases is continuously evolving. Periodontology in the year 2001 is different than what it was 20 years ago, and the specialty will be different 20 years in the future. Assessment of patients will be more specific, and the development of risk profiles will allow identification of individuals who require greater or lesser amounts of care. Therapy can then be directed to the specific needs of each patient. Surgical periodontics will be focused on regeneration, not resection. Lastly, as patients continue care on a maintenance schedule, their status will be assessed by sensitive tests that will predict the onset of an active phase of disease so that appropriate interceptive treatment can be provided.

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