The New Periodontal disease classification: Analysis and Review
Classifications are formulated based on the understanding developed regarding the etiology, pathogenesis and clinical features of a particular disease. Classification of the periodontal and peri-implant diseases is essential for diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of the disease. Though we have made great strides towards the understanding of periodontitis in general, the bitter truth is that we have not hit the bull's eye on the true nature of etiopathogenesis. Joseph Fox, in 1806 first classified gingival disease. A number of different systems have been proposed later and till recently the 1999 international workshop on periodontal disease classification has been used for periodontal diseases. This paper aims to critically review in detail the major drawbacks of 1999 classification that led to the newer periodontal classification 2017, the key changes incorporated, its strengths and also the areas requiring further clarity and research. The 2017 classification is elaborate and complex as compared to the 1999 classification and its implementation is to be determined in the course of time.
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