The second edition of my textbook on periodontology is now available. The text has evolved from a popular script for undergraduate students in the 1990s at Heidelberg University. Three very successful German editions (2001, 2006, and 2012) have been published by Thieme, and I am glad and grateful that my publisher has provided me with an opportunity to largely update the English version of 2005 now as well.
As a new feature quality of evidence from an ever increasing number of systematic reviews has been carefully assessed and, in part, summarized in evidence boxes. Several chapters have been largely expanded if not rewritten, for instance those on periodontal microbiology, pathogenesis of biofilm-induced periodontal diseases, epidemiology of periodontal diseases, general medical considerations, and medication and supplements.
The manuscript of the second edition of my compendium has been completed (this explains in part the recent calmness on this blog) and I am looking forward to receiving galley proofs from Thieme Publishing soon. The book has started as a modest compendium for undergraduate students of dentistry in the mid 1990s when I had been working at Heidelberg University. There had been three very successful German editions published by Thieme (2001, 2006, and 2012), and about 13,000 copies sold. I am glad that I had the opportunity to thoroughly update the text for an international audience.
For half a century, periodontology has spearheaded scientific progress in dentistry. A tiny portion of the vast body of literature that has shaped modern periodontology has recently been listed by the American Academy of Periodontology on the occasion of its centennial. What has kept us clinicians, teachers and scientists busy was, for example, the discovery that bacteria of the oral cavity, which play a critical role in most periodontal diseases, organize themselves in a biofilm; and that the pathogenesis of periodontitis, as that of any chronic disease, is complex and multifactorial. Opportunities and constrains of guided tissue and other forms of periodontal regeneration had been developed in painstakingly designed animal and clinical experiments, and somewhat ailing implant dentistry has eventually got a firm scientific foundation. Not least, a century-old suspicion that periodontal infections interact, in a bidirectional way, with other systemic diseases and conditions was revived and new intervention studies address possible beneficial effects of periodontal therapy on general health.