Philosophy of a modern dental medicine

Philosophy of a modern dental medicine

Biography:

University of Geneva,
Faculty of Medicine University Clinic of Dental Medicine Division of Cariology and Endodontology
Doctor in Dental Medicine at the University of Zurich 1986
Privatdocent at the University of Zurich 1992
Full Professor, Head of the Division of Cariology and Endodontology, University of Geneva since 1998
President of the University Clinic of Dental Medicine of the University of Geneva since 2009.

Abstract

Philosophy of a modern dental medicine
The philosophy of modern dental medicine comes close to the concept of medical fitness, this is why it was named dental fitness. It is crucial to convey the awareness that only the patient himself can maintain his teeth healthy and that he must take responsibility for his own dentition. The dentist is here to advise him in the most efficient oral hygiene exercises, to regularly monitor his oral situation, and, if necessary, to arrest appearing symptoms at a subclinical level. Depending on the individual situation, the monitoring intervals are scheduled between 3 and 24 months, whereby the next monitoring interval is individually determined at each subsequent session. If subclinical symptoms are diagnosed in one of the monitoring sessions, the first approach is to try to stop the progress of these symptoms with the patient’s help. A short-term monitoring interval is temporarily set for this purpose. If the measures taken have led to an arrest, it is possible to switch back to longer monitoring intervals. In case of further symptoms’ progression, the dentist will use professional non-invasive methods to try to stop it.
Minimally invasive professional measures are only required where the patient has not attended monitoring sessions for a longer period of time for whatever reason and where symptoms have developed which make such procedures necessary. However, this should become the big exception.