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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 56

The biologic basis for surgical therapies


Clinical Assistant Professor NYU, Departments of Periodontics, Implant Dentistry, Oral Surgery, Biomaterials and Biomimetics, Scarsdale, NY, USA

Date of Web Publication20-Apr-2012

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Robert A Horowitz
Clinical Assistant Professor NYU, Departments of Periodontics, Implant Dentistry, Oral Surgery, Biomaterials and Biomimetics, Scarsdale, NY
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/2231-0754.95252

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Patients present to our dental offices, on whatever continent we happen to work, with a multitude of issues. There are many disease processes in the mouth - iatrogenic dentistry, lack of patient care, occlusal factors and systemic illnesses and conditions - that all play a role in the maintenance and/or replacement of gingival tissues, bone and teeth. Through the combination of in vitro and in vivo scientific research, study of the literature and examination of the current techniques and materials available to the dental profession, we have the ability to deliver optimal care to anyone who walks through our doors.

When a patient is diagnosed, we attempt to determine which processes - bacterial, medical and oral (dental, restorative and occlusal) - have impacted the affected portion of the masticatory system. Arresting the active disease process is our first concern to ensure the stability of the patient's oral health and arrest the systemic implications the bacteria and diminished aesthetic, functional and nutritional capabilities have on the patient as a whole. At this point, the determination has to be made as to the endpoint of therapy. While many techniques exist to regenerate periodontal ligament, cementum and alveolar bone, these may be too expensive for patients in many parts of the world to afford.

At the time that a tooth is extracted, we have the ability to regenerate, not just repair the dento-alveolar apparatus. As clinicians, we have to educate all patients about optimal therapy. As scientists, we need to perform clinical and basic science research and bring to market predictable and affordable techniques and materials in a timely manner. India is the ideal place to be at the center of this type of research. I am proud to be associated with members of the ICDRO and look forward to performing and assisting in research projects with the clinicians who are already established in their chosen profession and the bright, eager students with whom I have had numerous exchanges since my visit to your wonderful country. Combining research and educational programs will be of tremendous benefit on your subcontinent and the rest of the world.

The future is bright for us and our patients. Let us continue to move it forward together.

 
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