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Speakers - Periodontal Conference 2016

Dr. Pierpaolo Cortellini received his MD from the University of Florence (Italy) in 1980, and his DDS in 1984 from the University of Siena (Italy). Dr Cortellini is the Founder and Secretary of the Accademia Toscana di Ricerca Odontostomatologica, Firenze Italy, and Founder and Board Member of the European Research Group in Periodontology, Berne (CH). He is active Member and Past President of the Italian Society of Periodontology, active member and Past President of the European Federation of Periodontology. Promoter of “Project Periodontal Diagnosis” and Coordinator of six “National Educational Projects” from SIdP, he was Scientific Chairman of Europerio 6 and of the 1st EFP Master Clinic. He runs a multidisciplinary private practice in Florence (Italy), focusing his services to overall patient treatment plan and to periodontics. Dr. Cortellini is involved in clinical research in periodontology since 1982, with special emphasis to periodontal regeneration, aesthetics, and diagnosis. Dr. Cortellini lectures extensively on a national and international level; he is referee of the main scientific journals in the field of periodontology, and is the author of more than 100 original publications in scientific journals.   Abstract

Microsurgery and Periodontal Regeneration: an ideal combination?

Periodontal regeneration is a predictable approach for the treatment of shallow and deep intrabony defects. Goal of regenerative therapy is pocket reduction through attachment and bone gain with minimal gingival recession: its proper application could change the prognosis of severely compromised teeth, favouring teeth retention. In the last decade, a growing interest for more friendly, patient oriented surgery have urged clinical investigators to focus their interest in the development of less invasive approaches; in parallel novel instruments and materials have been developed for the inevitable evolution of the surgical armamentarium. “Minimally invasive surgery” is a term that describes the use of smaller and more precise surgical procedures that are possible through the use of operating microscopes, and microsurgical instruments and materials. The use of microsurgery and minimally invasive surgery in periodontal regeneration reportedly increased the capacity to manipulate the soft tissues resulting in an excellent 92 to 98% stable primary closure of the wound. This “high performance” of the surgical procedure is partly responsible of the increased outcomes of modern regenerative approaches. In addition, the recent minimally invasive surgical techniques have greatly reduced invasivity, side effects and surgical chair-time, and, as a consequence, improved the cost benefit ratio for the patient. This lecture will focus on the “state of the art” of periodontal regeneration on intrabony defects with a special emphasis on the adjunctive benefit of using a surgical microscope, the use of microsurgical instruments and the application of “minimally invasive surgical techniques”.