Professor Thomas Beikler, Dr. med. Dr. med. Dent, undertook his medical education at the University of Munich, Germany from 1988-1995 and completed his medical thesis in 1996. From 1996 to 1999 he worked at the Dental School, University of Würzburg, Germany and in 1999 was assistant professor at the Department of Periodontics, University of Münster, Germany where he completed his dental thesis in 2001. He obtained his board certificate in periodontics in 2004 and in that year was appointed associate professor, Department of Periodontics, University of Münster. He obtained his habilitation in 2005.
He was appointed associate professor (with tenure), Department of Periodontics, University of Washington, Seattle, USA in 2006. From 2009 to 2013 he was acting chair at the Department of Operative and Preventive Dentistry, University of Düsseldorf and was appointed full Professor and Head of Periodontics in 2009. In 2018 he was appointed full professor and chair at the Department of Periodontics, Preventive and Restorative Dentistry, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany.
The impact of orthodontics on periodontal health
It is common sense that orthodontic therapy has beneficial effects, ranging from the correction of severe malocclusion and its sequalae to enhancing aesthetics and self-esteem. It is also known from many scientific studies that orthodontic therapy has effects on the dental supporting soft and hard tissues, i.e. the periodontium. However, reliable evidence relating to the clinical effects of malocclusion or tooth malpositioining and the long-term effects of orthodontic treatment on periodontal health are scarce and inconsistent. Does orthodontic treatment really provide benefits to periodontal and gingival health in addition to the orthodontic and aesthetic benefits? Does malocclusion harm the periodontium and induce gingival recession or interfere with tooth survival? Is correction of malocclusion with orthodontic therapy beneficial for periodontal or gingival health?
Aims, Objectives & Learning Outcomes
- Aims: To summarize and discuss the current knowledge related to the above clinical questions.
- Objectives: To highlight the latest scientific and clinical evidence and to provide recommendations for clinical treatment from the periodontal perspective.
- Learning outcomes: Following this presentation, delegates should have an enhanced knowledge regarding the impact of orthodontics on periodontal health and know how to incorporate this into their clinical practice.