Multirooted teeth with bone loss present one of the most challenging periodontal defects to treat. Although dental implants have expanded treatment options, retention of the natural dentition, when feasible, remains an ideal goal in dentistry. Many therapeutic modalities in periodontics have demonstrated success in saving teeth. Among those is periodontal regenerative therapy. Currently, several techniques fulfill the histologic and clinical criteria for periodontal regeneration in selective osseous defects. While individual regenerative therapies have demonstrated success in specific intrabony defects, combination therapies have shown successful outcomes in more complex lesions. This course will address the value of preserving the natural dentition, specifically around teeth with furcation involvement. Comparative outcomes of regenerative techniques in furcation defects will be presented along with factors influencing long-term success.
Pamela K. McClain, DDS, has maintained a full-time private practice in periodontics since 1987 and is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and currently serves as vice president of the American Academy of Periodontology. Dr McClain has been active on numerous committees of the American Academy of Periodontology and has lectured widely on regenerative therapy. She has co-authored more than a dozen articles published in peer-reviewed journals as well as a chapter in the ninth edition of Clinical Periodontology (Saunders, 2002). She is a reviewer for The International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry and the Journal of Periodontology. Dr McClain has earned numerous honors and awards, including three R. Earl Robinson Periodontal Regeneration awards from the American Academy of Periodontology and the Pierre Fauchard Academy Award.
Approximate Running Time: 45 minutes