Antimicrobial therapy for acute and chronic periodontal conditions

Periodontal therapy aims at controlling periodontal biofilms, and mechanical debridement represents the basic component of initial therapy. However, different limitations may influence the clinical outcomes, including a limited microbiological effect, especially on some periodontal pathogens. In order to overcome some of these limitations, different approaches have been proposed, including the use of adjunctive therapies, advanced technologies, advanced diagnostic approaches, alternative disinfection strategies and improvement in risk factor control. Among them, adjunctive approaches will be discussed, including the use antimicrobials (local, systemic or topical). An important distinction will be made considering the nature of the treated periodontal condition: the basis and the approach to treat chronic periodontal conditions (e.g. periodontitis) or when dealing with acute conditions (e.g. periodontal abscesses or necrotising periodontal diseases).


Full-time Professor of Periodontology, University Complutense of Madrid (UCM)
Associated Dean for Clinics (UCM)
Co-director of the Graduate Program in Periodontology (UCM), accredited by European Federation of Periodontology (EFP)
President of the Spanish Society of Periodontology (SEPA, 2013-2016)
President of the Continental European Division (CED) of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR)
Vice-president of the Periodontal Research Group (PRG) of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR)
Scientific activity within Periodontal & Periimplant Etiology, Therapy, Microbiology and Antimicrobials: more than 100 scientific publications in JCR journals.