Saving severely compromised or hopeless teeth: a challenge? by Dr. Pierpaolo Cortellini, Italy

Posted 29.09.2017

In front of severely compromised or “hopeless” teeth, dentists are frequently challenged with a key question: treat these units or extract and
replace with implants? Changing the prognosis of a severely compromised teeth in patients affected by periodontal disease involves a full strategy of treatment based upon three steps: 1) diagnosis, 2) control of periodontal infection, 3) application of periodontal surgery and in particular regenerative surgery, when indicated.
Following the appropriate strategy will make it possible to modify the overall prognosis of the patient and then the prognosis of the single teeth. The modified and “fair” prognosis of the patient will allow also for a safe placement of implants, when necessary. Both teeth and implants will be retained long-term with limited side effects only in patients periodontally treated and maintained into a supportive periodontal care program.


08:30-09:00 Registration and coffee
09:00-09:15 Welcome and presentation of the lecturer Antti Niskanen
09:15-11:30 Saving severely compromised or hopeless teeth: a challenge?Dr. Pierpaolo Cortellini, Italy
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-13:30 Lecture continues
13:30-14:00 Coffee
14:00-16:15 Lecture continues

Date: Wednesday 22.11.2017 at 8:30-16:15

Location: Kuutio Auditorio , Nuijamiestentie 7 Helsinki

More information can be found HERE

The Jens Wærhaug prize to Prof. Sirkka Asikainen

Posted 09.09.2017

Scandinavian Society of Periodontology awarded Professor Sirkka Asikainen with the prestigous Jens Wærhaug Prize. Award was presented to Prof. Asikainen in conjuction with the ScSP2017 Congress, which took place in Mariehamn, Åland, Finland.

Dr. Asikainen graduated as a dentist (1966), specialized in periodontology (1979) and received the PhD (1986, “Subgingival Microflora in Relation to Clinical Conditions in Juvenile Periodontitis”) and Adjunct Professor (1991) degrees in the University of Helsinki, Finland. During 1975-2000 she worked as a teacher and Acting Professor in Periodontology in the Department of Periodontology and in various positions in the Academy of Finland. She was appointed as the Professor of Oral Microbiology in the Umeå University, Sweden (2001-2010), and Professor of Periodontology (2010-2013) and Professor of Oral Microbiology (2014-2016) in Kuwait University, Kuwait. She has worked as a Visiting Researcher in the University of Gothenburg (1980), Visiting Professor in the Department of Periodontology, University of Pennsylvania (1988) and in the Department of Periodontology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (1993-1994). Dr. Asikainen initiated research on periodontal microbiology in Finland. She has supervised thirteen PhD theses, ten postdocs and tens of academic project students in the fields of periodontology and oral microbiology. She has served in editorial boards of periodontal and oral microbiology journals, as a reviewer in tens of scientific journals, external reviewer in professor appointments, opponent in PhD dissertations, a variety of university committees and has organized continuous education courses in periodontology and oral microbiology. She has given a couple of hundred invited lectures, seminars and courses in meetings of scientific societies, research institutions and dental associations worldwide. Dr. Asikainen has received several awards for teaching and research.
Dr. Asikainen’s research interest includes periodontal diseases as bacterial infections and their local and systemic effects with a special reference to cardiovascular diseases. Studies first sought answers to questions such as, which bacteria relate to periodontitis, age they colonize oral cavity, occurrence in periodontal health and disease, from where they come and how, and their systemic effects. Later, the main research line has focused on mechanisms how a chronic biofilm-associated periodontal infection can contribute to systemic effects. Dr. Asikainen has published 140 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. She has research collaborators from Finland, Sweden, USA, Turkey, Kuwait and China. She has received major financial support for her research work from the Academy of Finland, University of Helsinki, Finnish Dental Society, Swedish Research Council, Umeå University, Västerbotten County Council and Kuwait University.

Honorary Professorship to Dr. Øystein Fardal, past president of ScSP, at the University of Aberdeen

Posted 12.02.2017

Dr. Øystein Fardal has been made an honorary Professor in the Institute of Education for Medical and Dental Sciences within the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

The University of Aberdeen is one of the oldest universities in Scotland, established in 1495.

Professor Fardal received a BDS in 1981 from Queen’s University of Belfast (QUB), Dip Perio in 1985 from University of Toronto, MRCD of Canada in 1985, Cand odont. University of Oslo, spes. periodontics, Norway 1986, MDS in 1987 and PhD in 2002 from Queen’s University of Belfast.

He has served as a board member and subsequently as the president of both the Norwegian Society of Periodontology and later the Scandinavian Society of Periodontology. He was a co-chairman, organising the ”First Baltic Sea conference on Periodontology” in Vilnius, Lithuania, bringing together colleagues from the Baltic States, Russia, Poland and all of Scandinavia.

Professor Fardal is a much sought after teacher and lecturer, he has been invited to lecture in the USA, Canada, Lithuania, United Kingdom, Italy, Austria, Iceland and all parts of Scandinavia.

His research focuses on the long-term results of peridontal and implant therapy in private practice. The results are both objectively measured and focused on patients’ inputs.

The main strength of this innovative research is that it is carried out in private clinical practice with the same operator over a long period of time in a catchment area with a stable patient population. This is highly relevant, as the majority of dental treatment is carried out in private practice worldwide. In addition, there is generally a scarcity of high quality of research from private practice. The research has been published in the top dental journals rated by impact factor.