German perio society’s spring meeting focusses on new disease classification system
The DG PARO meeting in Berlin attracted almost 400 participants
The annual spring meeting of the German Society for Periodontology (DG PARO), attended by nearly 400 participants, featured a series of presentations from experts involved in last November’s AAP/EFP World Workshop on Classification of Periodontal and Peri-implant Diseases and Conditions.
Speakers at the Berlin meeting included former EFP president and EuroPerio9 scientific chair Søren Jepsen (Bonn) and EFP secretary general Iain Chapple (Birmingham), who were both co-chairs of working groups at the World Workshop, organised jointly by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the EFP.
Other speakers – Jan Derks (Gothenburg), Peter Eickholz (Frankfurt), Moritz Kebschull (Bonn), Thomas Dietrich (Birmingham) and conference president Henrik Dommisch (Berlin) – had also participated in the workshop’s working groups.
With such a line-up of experts, the audience was keen to learn about the approaches taken to develop a new classification with a global impact.
A 'step change' in classification
Iain Chapple’s presentation included both criticism of the current classification of periodontal diseases and an explanation of the challenges faced by the workshop’s working groups. Prof Chapple said that no classification system can ever be perfect and discussed the challenges faced and how the new system will represent a “step change” in periodontal health and disease classification.
Søren Jepsen provided an insight into the evidence-based discussions on the classification of mucogingival defects with an emphasis on gingival recession. Karin Jepsen then illustrated the topic by clinical scenarios and expert treatment approaches.
One of the significant advances agreed by the Chicago workshop is that the new classification will include peri-implant diseases for the first time. Jan Derks gave a comprehensive overview of epidemiological data and risk factors for peri-implantitis and, together with Michael Christgau (Dusseldorf), called for early diagnosis and therapy.
Prof Dietrich talked about different approaches to classify periodontitis, while Prof Eickholz addressed challenges for the definition of gingival health and inflammation and for non-plaque-associated gingival diseases.
Outcomes to be published in May
The outcomes of the world workshop on classification – including the 19 background papers and four consensus reports – will be published in May simultaneously in the EFP’s Journal of Clinical Periodontology and the AAP’s Journal of Periodontology. The results will subsequently be presented to the global dental and periodontal community at the EuroPerio9 congress in Amsterdam on June 22.
Michael Christgau (Dusseldorf), Karin Jepsen (Bonn), Andrea Schmidt-Westhausen (Berlin), Christina Tietmann (Aachen), Frank Bröseler (Aachen), and Amelie Bäumer-König (Bielefeld) gave insights into their practice concepts, while Bröseler, Tietmann, and Bäumer-König also presented interdisciplinary team approaches.
The meeting was held in the lecture hall of the Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus of the Charité University Medical Centre on February 2 and 3.
The conference president Henrik Dommisch chaired the programme on both days, supported by Christof Dörfer (Kiel), Katrin Nickles (Frankfurt), and Inga Harks (Münster).
DG Paro said: “Even though the new classification has not yet been revealed, the conference gave all participants an exciting insight into the intense preparations and discussions and a preliminary perspective of the advances to be expected.”