Christos Katsaros is Professor and Chair at the Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, University of Bern, Switzerland since 2008.
He obtained his dental degree from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and received his 4-year orthodontic training under Professor Rolf Berg at the University of Saarland, Germany, where he also completed his doctoral thesis (“Dr. med. dent.”) and his “Habilitation”. Professor Katsaros worked also as a researcher at the Göteborg University, Sweden, where he completed a Ph.D. (“Odont. Dr. /Ph.D.”). From 2000 to 2002 he served as an Associate Professor and from 2002 to 2008 as a Professor of Orthodontics at the Department of Orthodontics and Oral Biology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Professor Katsaros is author or co-author of over 200 publications and has given many lectures internationally. His current research interests include the elucidation of the molecular mechanisms that control face development and wound healing in CLP as well as the prevention and therapy of gingival recession in orthodontic patients. He serves as Associate Editor for the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics since 2015 and he is editorial board member or reviewer for several international scientific journals. He is Past President of the European Orthodontic Society (EOS) and an Active Member of the Angle Society of Europe.
Is orthodontic tooth movement a risk factor for the development of gingival recession?
Understanding the association between orthodontic tooth movement and the development of gingival recession is important given the large number of adolescents and adults undergoing orthodontic treatment every year.
Orthodontic tooth movement can support periodontal health through adaptation of the alveolar bone and the gingival tissues but can also be detrimental to periodontal health in the presence of active periodontal disease and/or under unfavourable anatomical conditions.
This lecture will cover the relationship between orthodontic treatment and the development of gingival recession by exploring the following four questions:
(a) Is orthodontic tooth movement a risk factor for the development of gingival recession?
(b) Are orthodontically treated patients more susceptible, in the long run, to developing gingival recession compared to untreated individuals?
(c) Is prolonged fixed retention a risk factor for the development of gingival recession?
(d) What is the role of the periodontist in the prevention and treatment of gingival recession?