A new classification of periodontal and peri-implant diseases
At the annual EuroPerio9 congress held in Amsterdam in June 2018, a new global classification system for diseases and conditions of tissues surrounding the implant was presented, as well as diseases and conditions of periodontal disease, based on the most up-to-date data, taking into account the severity of the disease, the history, general health patient.
Iain Chapler, Secretary-General of the European Federation of Periodontologists (EFP), called the new classification system an international language for clinical care, research and education.
The new classification was the result of the joint work of EFP and the American Academy of Periodontology, which they conducted in 2017. The new system has updated the existing system since 1999, taking into account the knowledge gained over the past 20 years.
The new classification takes into account the patient's clinical health for the first time, and periodontitis is described by four stages from the first (least severe) to the fourth (the most severe). The risk and rate of disease progression were divided into three classes from the lowest risk of progression (class A) to the highest (class C). Risk assessment includes factors such as smoking and the presence of concomitant diseases, such as diabetes.
"At first glance, the system may seem complicated," said Professor Iain Chapler, "but in fact it is quite simple and pragmatic, although it requires training."