Journal of the International Clinical Dental Research Organization

: 2014  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 69--70

Interdisciplinary dentistry

Vimal K Sikri 
 Dean, Professor and Head, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital, Amritsar, Punjab, India

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Vimal K Sikri
Dean, Professor and Head, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital, Amritsar, Punjab

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When many hands work in the same direction, and that too for achieving the same goal, success becomes a necessity. Helen Keller once said, "Alone we can do a little, together we can do so much." Same is true for dentistry.

A variety of intricate connections exists between different biological tissues in the oral cavity. The specialties dividing the oral tissues are only for academic convenience and growth of the subject. More so, the oral tissues and the oral cavity cannot be considered in isolation from the rest of the body. Even the specialties dividing the human body are also for overall growth of the subject.

An endodontist may need a periodontic consultation, and a periodontist may require orthodontic intervention and so on. A reliable, successful treatment is often the outcome of collective interplay of the concerned specialties. Moreover, the patients are becoming aware and willing to accept arduous treatment options to achieve esthetic and functional corrections. The clinicians are also accepting the need for broader involvement of expertise for the overall credibility of the profession. This changing psychological scenario has made interdisciplinary approach a necessity for any esteem. Teamwork is the mainstay of interdisciplinary dentistry, as it bridges the inevitable gaps that exist between different disciplines of dentistry.

The clinicians who preferred interdisciplinary approach have seen results worth noticing. Specialists with varied acumen and expertise gather at one platform and work as a team, to identify problem, plan treatment and systematically operate. Despite all advantages, there is reluctance amongst clinicians to accept interdisciplinary approach whole-heartedly. The reasons could be professional ego, financial disputes or failure to reach consensus. Everyone in the team, especially the seniors will have to work with an open mind, listening to suggestions of all, discuss the pros and cons of every treatment option and expedite the best possible plan. Considering the benefits of the system, the caregivers must overlook petty ego and monetary clashes and join hands for the overall sake of patients and the society at large. Our basic and foremost aim, no doubt is to provide the best possible treatment to the patients.

Another important zone of interdisciplinary has evolved with the identification of the association between oral and systemic health. The bilateral relationship calls for the establishment of an interdisciplinary approach between oral and general specialties. As evident from the impact of chronic periodontal inflammation on diabetes and cardiovascular diseases and vice versa, interdisciplinary approach can have a huge impact on diagnosis and management of systemic ailments.

It is the need of an hour to come together and broaden the horizon of our knowledge and skill and provide better services to the patients and the mankind.