Ongoing Funded Research
Prof. S. T. Patil and Prof. J. R. Mankar received a grant of 1 Lakh from BCUD for the research proposal titled A VISUAL MOTIVATION AID FOR PERIODONTITIS PATIENTS
Periodontitis is an "infections" disease affecting teeth and surrounding structures such as gums and bone which holds the teeth in position. Affected individuals are differentiated from healthy subjects by clinical examination. Clinically, disease is characterized by inflamed bleeding gums, which occasionally recede, exposing underlying tooth. As disease progresses, it increases the tooth mobility.
This bone loss can be predicted in susceptible individuals who are not maintaining the optimal oral hygiene. Often these individuals need to undergo surgical treatment to halt further deterioration. However, patients are often unwilling to undergo ‘surgical’ modality due to fear and anxiety. Eventually as disease progresses silently, patients often report to the dentist with mobile teeth. At this point dentists may have limited options to save the mobile teeth due to advance bone loss.