Today, patients are living longer with more chronic diseases and taking more medications than ever before in history. They desire to live healthy, quality-oriented lives. As a result of these changes and advancing biotechnology, the clinician is faced with more complex diagnoses and treatment decisions based not only on the patientís current disease state but on their risk for progression of existing disease or acquiring new disease. Periodontal maintenance therapy has long been recognized as essential in helping patients achieve the goal of maintaining their natural dentition in function, comfort, and esthetics for a lifetime. The periodontist of the 21st century faces complex challenges with regard to a patient population that is aging, long-term treatment of chronic systemic diseases, and the increasing use of dental implants. What are the limitations of management for these dental and systemic conditions? How can the periodontist manage the risk inflammatory responses during long-term maintenance? What are the factors that point to transitioning the patient to other solutions for tooth replacement, such as dental implants? This presentation will discuss the limitations of long-term patient management and propose therapeutic alternatives to minimize the effect of these limitations.
Donald S. Clem III, DDS, is currently in full-time practice in the fields of periodontics and dental implants in southern California and serves as a clinical professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. A diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, he is the recipient of numerous awards in his field, including recognition for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Periodontics from the California Society of Periodontists. He also was co-recipient of the Clinical Research Award from the American Academy of Periodontology for his publication on implant function in regenerated bone. Dr Clem is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. His publications include articles on conscious sedation, periodontal regeneration, and dental implants. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and current vice president of American Academy of Periodontology and is a past president of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation.
Approximate Running Time: 45 minutes