Axel Spahr is Head of Periodontics at the Sydney Dental Hospital and Head of the Discipline of Periodontics at the University of Sydney.
Axel is the former Head of Periodontics at the University of Ulm in Germany and has worked at various international universities and research facilities. He has additional training in microbiology, molecular biology, extensive experience in basic science research, animal research and clinical research. A/Prof. Spahr's research interest includes periodontal regeneration, bone regeneration, periodontitis and systemic diseases as well as antimicrobial therapy. He has lead large externally funded research projects and is collaborating with leading international research groups and companies in the field of periodontology, implantology and bone regeneration. He is author of numerous publications in international peer-reviewed dental and medical journals and has presented his work on professional conferences worldwide. A/Prof Spahr is a board registered periodontal specialist, he works part time in an established specialist periodontal and implant practice in Sydney and is the current President of the Periodontal Research Group of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR).
Non-surgical therapy - Is there a better way to debride?
Hand instruments as well as well as sonic and ultrasonic scalers have been used over decades for subgingival debridement. They have proven their efficacy in removing bacterial deposits in numerous clinical, animal and in vitro studies. However, studies have also reported side effects of a frequent and long-term use of these instruments over many years in supportive periodontal therapy (SPT) i.e. damage to the root surface, gingival recession, discomfort or pain during treatment as well as tooth sensitivity after treatment, all factors potentially reducing patients' compliance attending regular SPT appointments. Therefore, new approaches have been investigated particularly for SPT to assess their capability in removing bacterial biofilm without causing the aforementioned side effects. One of the new approaches with increasing evidence is the so called "Air-Flow Therapy". The aim of this presentation is to provide an overview about devices, mechanisms of action, side effects and current scientific evidence of air-flow therapy in periodontal treatment.