Regenerative therapies are a field where much progress has been made

15 March 2017 Congress
Dr Mariano Sanz portrait

Dr Mariano Sanz, Professor and Chairman of Periodontology at the University Complutense, Madrid, talks about regenerative therapies in the treatment of periodontitis and long-term perspectives for antimicrobial strategies in the prevention of oral diseases.

You will participate as a speaker at the FDI World Dental Congress that will take place in Madrid, from 29 August to 1 September, 2017. What aspects of your presentation would you highlight?

My presentation will focus on the efficacy of regenerative therapies in the treatment of periodontitis. The results of graft-based and membrane-based technologies that have been the standard of treatment for many years, as well as new biological approaches using growth factors and cellular therapies within the framework of tissue bioengineering, will be discussed. Nowadays, available regenerative technologies allow us to maintain the natural dentition and save the teeth even when periodontitis severely compromises them. That will be my core message to attendees.

What are the latest and most significant developments in the scientific and technological fields related to your academic domain?

No doubt, regenerative therapies are a field where much progress has been made, not only due to technological advances (such as the development of new biomaterials) but also to our better biological knowledge of the healing processes. This allows us to develop therapeutic concepts by mimicking the natural processes and, thus, the opportunity of allowing biology itself to rebuild the tissues destroyed by oral diseases. Moreover, a considerable advance has been made in our knowledge regarding the organization and physiology of the communities of microorganisms that colonize the oral cavity. These are responsible for most of the pathologies we deal with (dental caries, periodontal diseases, peri-implant diseases). This knowledge is allowing the development of new, more effective and long-term perspective antimicrobial strategies in the prevention of oral diseases.

Including yourself, the organizers of the FDI World Dental Congress have confirmed the attendance of some of the world's most prestigious speakers in various disciplines. What does this opportunity mean to dental professionals involved in daily clinical practice?

I think it is a great opportunity to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in our profession. An event like the FDI World Dental Congress, which covers all areas of Dentistry, is indeed very attractive for general dentists who want to be up-to-date in the various fields of the profession. It is a real luxury to hold such an important International Congress like this in our country. These are the reasons why general dentists should not miss the opportunity to attend.

On a personal basis, what does it mean to take an active part in the most important World Dental Congress to be held in Madrid?

Firstly, the scale of the event. This Congress is a worldwide event for our profession, and therefore, it is a privilege to have the opportunity to participate in its scientific program. Secondly, the fact that this will take place in Madrid (which is my city) is an additional attraction that will allow me not only to exhibit my work but also to promote the Complutense University of Madrid, the academic center where I work and of which I feel very proud.