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New classification scheme for periodontal and peri-implant diseases and conditions published by AAP and EFP

Posted: September 5, 2018

Published in the summer of 2018, a new classification scheme for periodontal and peri-implant diseases and conditions was developed by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) and included expert participants from all over the world.

This issue of News2Use delivers 3 beneficial documents for your review and reference in your practice including the summary article of the proceedings and 2 useful overview charts to aid in implementation of the new periodontitis staging and grading scheme.

Below please find excerpts from the abstract of the introductory summary article:

“The authors were charged with updating the 1999 classification of periodontal diseases and conditions and developing a similar scheme for peri-implant diseases and conditions. Reviewers and workgroups were also asked to establish pertinent case definitions and to provide diagnostic criteria to aid clinicians in the use of the new classification. All findings and recommendations of the workshop were agreed to by consensus.”

 “This introductory paper presents an overview for the new classification of periodontal and peri-implant diseases and conditions, along with a condensed scheme for each of four workgroup sections.”

 “Although the intent of the workshop was to base classification on the strongest available scientific evidence, lower level evidence and expert opinion were inevitably used whenever sufficient research data were unavailable.”

 “The scope of this workshop was to align and update the classification scheme to the current understanding of periodontal and peri-implant diseases and conditions. This introductory overview presents the schematic tables for the new classification of periodontal and peri-implant diseases and conditions and briefly highlights changes made to the 1999 classification.”

Access the New Classification for Perio_J Perio article and Staging and Grading Periodontitis_2018 AAP and Three Steps to Staging & Grading Periodontitis_2018 AAP chart overviews here.

George K. Merijohn, DDS

San Francisco periodontist George K. Merijohn practiced 28 years and is associate professor in postdoctoral periodontics at UC San Francisco and U Washington. He is appointed special expert to the California Dental Board; serves as a consultant to dental schools, clinicians, and the legal profession; and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice. Dr. Merijohn leads seminars and workshops at major dental conferences and is published in peer-reviewed journals with articles on mucogingival clinical decision-making, risk assessment, and the evidence-based approach. More about George >

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