Pre-Conference Educational Course

Friday, January 24, 2020
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Cost: Free for members; $75 for non-members (*Register via the Winter Meeting registration form.)
Teaching Method: Lecture

How to Navigate the New Classification of Periodontal Diseases and Conditions

The American Academy of Periodontology and the European Federation of Periodontology developed a new periodontal diseases classification system which was launched in 2018. The New Classification presents significant differences with the previous one from 1999. It also includes a peri-implant diseases component which pretends to standardize the nomenclature and facilitate communication in research and in clinical settings. The purpose of this lecture is to describe the new components of the classification. The main goal is to highlight the differences with the previous one to help you navigate the staging and grading of the periodontal diseases and conditions.

Educational Objectives

  1. To recognize the differences between the 1999 and 2018 classifications.
  2. To be able to determine the stages of the periodontal diseases.
  3. To be able to calculate the grading of the periodontal diseases.

Pilar Valderrama, DDS, MS
President, Southwest Society of Periodontists; Periodontist, North Dallas Dental Health

Dr. Pilar Valderrama is a periodontist, having graduated in 2010 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She obtained a Master’s degree in Clinical Investigation from the UTHSCSA in 2006. She received her dental degree from the School of Dentistry at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in 1988. Dr. Valderrama’s experience includes having worked in dental education and within the research field. She obtained her board certification from the American Board of Periodontology in 2011 and has been an International Team of Implantologists Fellow since 2012. She is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M College of Dentistry and works in private practices in Dallas, Texas. She worked as scholar in implant dentistry at the Department of Periodontics at UTHSCSA from 2003 until 2007 where she undertook clinical, research and academic duties. Dr. Valderrama has published several papers in the fields of periodontal regeneration and implantology in both national and international peer- reviewed journals and has lectured at national and international dental meetings. She has received national awards in periodontics. She is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and The International College of Dentists. She is a member of The American Academy Of Periodontology, The American Dental Association, Texas Society of Periodontists and Texas Dental Association. She is Past-President of the North Texas Hispanic Dental Association and President of The Southwest Society of Periodontists.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships: Employee: Texas A&M College of Dentistry


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