French perio society’s annual meeting puts focus on the periodontal patient and converging therapies
(Left to right): Phoebus Madianos, Michèle Reners, Virginie Monnet-Corti, Søren Jepsen at SFPIO annual congress in Lyon
Putting the periodontal patient at the centre of the stage was the purpose of the recent annual scientific congress organised by the French perio society under the title “The periodontal patient: convergence of therapies.”
By putting the focus on the patient who is prone to suffering or developing gum disease, the French Society of Periodontology and Oral Implantology (SFPIO) sought to launch a reflection on how to combine dental therapies, thereby offering a better overall service that would lead to healthy gums and teeth being kept for longer.
“The first step is to set an early diagnosis for the patient, in order to prevent too much tissue from being lost,” said Michèle Reners, the congress’s scientific chair. “Then we need to set a risk profile to make the patient understand that their behaviour – for example concerning dental hygiene, smoking, and diet – has an impact on solving their gum issues and their general health.”
The long-term success of periodontal treatment often depends on effective maintenance, so the congress addressed the convergence and interaction between orthodontics, occlusion, aesthetics, prosthetic rehabilitation, and tissue reconstruction.
Reners put her hallmark on the congress not only through its overall approach and the scientific programme, but also by creating an international line-up where three quarters of the speakers were women. Half of the presenters came from outside France with lecturers from Italy, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Morocco, and Greece providing attendees with an enriching contribution from different angles.
The congress took place in Lyon from June 2 to 4. The president of the organising committee was Michel Bravard and other committee members included David Nisand and SFPIO president Virginie Monnet-Corti, as well as Reners.
The opening session on June 2 was chaired by Philippe Bouchard, with Phoebus Madianos speaking on “The periodontal patient and their health” and Marie-Laure Colombier addressing the topic “Periodontal disease: a danger for the baby?”
On June 3, the morning session was chaired by Philippe Rodier and moderated by Caroline Fouque Deruelle under the title “Prevention and long-term treatment of the periodontal patient.” Swiss hygienists Sigrid Kaehr and Marisa Novelle tackled the question of how to work together with dental surgeons to create perfect prevention in gingivitis-prone patients, while Daniel Etienne presented his experience in successful long-term treatment of gum issues.
The afternoon session on “Orthodontics at the service of periodontology and the occlusion-perio relationship” was chaired by Kerstin Gritsch and moderated by Brenda Mertens, with presentations by Birte Melsen, Bouchra Abbassi, and Isabelle Bonafe.
On June 4, Belgian experts in aesthetics France Lambert and Amélie Mainjot discussed “A team approach to find the smile again” during the morning session, which was chaired by Jean-François Keller and moderated by Corinne Lallam. In the final session in the afternoon, chaired by Stéphan Duffort and moderated by Christian Verner, Mario Rocuzzo went into detail about “Tissue regeneration in implant treatments.”