Lithuanian perio society celebrates 20th anniversary with scientific meeting
Participants in "Periodontology News"
The Lithuanian Association of Periodontology held its annual meeting in Vilnius on February 24 and 25, celebrating its 20th anniversary with a series of presentations from leading perio scientists.
Among the international speakers at the event, which bore the title “Periodontology News”, were Niklaus Lang, Stefan Renvert, Wim Teughels, and Giedre Matuliene.
Prof Lang (Switzerland) gave two lectures – “Periodontology in the course of time” and “What is the value of the tooth?” – while Prof Renvert (Sweden) addressed the topic of what is evidence-based in the treatment of peri-implantitis, and Prof Teughels (Belgium) discussed the role of probiotics in the management of periodontitis. Dr Matuliene (Switzerland) gave a presentation about professional implant maintenance.
There were also presentations from local speakers about teeth whitening (Ruta Bendinskaite), surgical correction of the smile position (Simonas Grybauskas), regenerative periodontal therapy (Nomeda Basevičienė), implant aesthetics (Algirdas Puisys), peri-implant diseases (Ausra Ramanauskaite), dental implant “killers” (Raimondas Savickas), and about how dental professionals can best use social media (Ramune Hazir).
The 370 participants in Periodontology News, held at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Vilnius, also saw the premiere of the film 20 Years Together about the birth and early years of the Lithuanian perio society.
“The key messages were that implants should be used only for missing teeth and not to replace teeth, and that the main question is not to discuss the alternative between tooth abutments versus implant abutments, but to discuss predictability and longevity of teeth following active periodontal or endodontic therapy,” said Jurate Zekoniene, president of the Lithuanian Association of Periodontology.
She added that other key issues addressed included whether probiotics could be effective as an adjunctive therapy in periodontally compromised dentition, whether the microbiota can be controlled, and the “great challenge” of peri-implant diseases.
“Adequate professional maintenance therapy to keep tissues healthy in the first place is very important,” said Dr Zekoniene. “In cases of peri-mucositis and early peri-implantitis, nonsurgical treatment might give good results, while in cases of advanced peri-implantitis, non-surgical therapy may not be sufficient to obtain the healing of the defects. To get adequate access to the infected area, both resective and regenerative surgical approaches have been proposed.”
Looking back on the Lithuanian perio society’s first 20 years, she added: “We are very happy and proud that, starting with few enthusiasts at the beginning, the society grew up and became significant in the state’s dental community and also was recognised as a member of European family of periodontists.”