The American of Periodontology (AAP) has awarded its prestigious R. Earl Robinson Regeneration Award for 2022 to a group of European authors for a paper on the timing of orthodontic therapy in patients with stage IV periodontitis.
Lead author Karin Jepsen — together with co-authors Daniele Cardaropoli, Lorena Gaveglio, and Conchita Martín — will be among the speakers at Perio Master Clinic 2023 in Antwerp (Belgium) next March, where the focus will be on the “perio-ortho synergy”.
Dr Jepsen will also be among the experts participating in Perio Workshop 2022 in La Granja de San Ildefonso (Spain) on 6-8 November — which will draw up a clinical practice guideline for the management of peri-implant diseases — along with two other co-authors of the prize-winning paper, Ignacio Sanz Sánchez and Søren Jepsen.
The R. Earl Robinson Regeneration Award was established by R. Earl Robinson (1922-1995) to encourage research in periodontal regeneration and is presented to the author(s) of the peer-reviewed published paper that has contributed most to the knowledge of periodontal regeneration in a given calendar year.
This year’s winning paper was “The effect of timing of orthodontic therapy on the outcomes of regenerative periodontal surgery in patients with stage IV periodontitis: A multicenter randomized trial”, by Karin Jepsen, Christina Tietmann, Eric Kutschera, Peter Wüllenweber, Andreas Jäger, Daniele Cardaropoli, Lorena Gaveglio, Ignacio Sanz Sanchez, Conchita Martin, Rolf Fimmers, and Søren Jepsen.
The paper was published in the EFP’s Journal of Clinical Periodontology (Vol. 48, No. 10) in October 2021 and was later summarised as JCP Digest 94.
The researchers — working in Aachen, Bonn, Madrid, and Turin — were able to show in this prospective, randomised, controlled, interdisciplinary study that early orthodontic tooth movement (four weeks after regenerative periodontal surgery in the treatment of stage IV periodontitis) compared to a later start of orthodontic therapy (six months after the surgery) resulted in at least the same significant improvements in clinical parameters. Therefore, the total duration of treatment time for patients could be significantly reduced.
These results have already been incorporated into the recently published EFP S3-level Clinical Practice Guideline for the treatment of stage IV periodontitis.
At Perio Master Clinic 2023, which takes place on 3-4 March next year, Karin Jepsen will give a presentation on “periodontal regeneration and orthodontics — is there a ‘best practice’ timing?” and in the same session Daniele Cardaropoli and Lorena Gaveglio will give one of the “duo” presentations, focusing on the clinical evidence for orthodontic movement into periodontal bony defects. Conchita Martin will speak in another duo presentation, with Mariano Sanz, on “combined periodontal and orthodontic therapy of the stage IV periodontitis patient with pathologic tooth migration.”
The deadline for “early bird” registration for the Antwerp master clinic, with savings of 20 per cent on regular fees, is November 2.