Dental software helps better identify and treat periodontal disease

April 25th, 2014

Technological proliferation has aided the advancement of every industry, including dentistry. As a result, dental schools should consider investing in dental academic software that offers preparedness for the rapid changes taking place within the sector.

In addition to general treatment, one of the primary roles of dental professionals is to detect diseases and promote patient education. The latest dental enterprise software can help accomplish these tasks. According to a DentistryiQ, Columbia University Medical Center researchers have developed an innovative way for dentists to diagnose and classify periodontal disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's oral health division estimates that 47.2 percent of adults at least 30 years old and above have some form of periodontal disease. Additionally, the CDC states the disease is more common in men than women. As individuals age, the chances of having periodontitis increase. 

According to the website, clinical symptoms and other signs classify this condition under two categories: aggressive and chronic. Both are based on the severity of bone loss and swelling of the patient's gums. However, CUMC researchers have developed a way to diagnose periodontal disease based on the affected tissue's genetic makeup.

This research is considered to be a breakthrough when it comes to identifying patients with the condition and being able to effectively treat them.

"Our data suggest that molecular profiling of gingival tissues can indeed form the basis for the development of an alternative, pathobiology-based classification of periodontitis that correlates well with the clinical presentation of the disease," Dr. Panos Papapanou, professor and chair of oral and diagnostic sciences at CUMC's College of Dental Medicine told DentistryiQ.

The research conducted at CUMC highlights the continued technological advancements that are occurring within the dental industry. CUMCs findings on periodontal disease mapping can be found in the Journal of Dental Research online.

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