EFP Vision & History
The Driving Force of Periodontology in Europe
Inspirational, Innovative, Influential
The EFP, founded in 1991, is one of the largest dental organisations in Europe, currently with 29 National Periodontal Member Societies. Periodontology encompasses the study and treatment of diseases and disorders of the supporting tissues of the teeth, including the gums and bone. Although the most common are gingivitis and periodontitis, there is a large number of other conditions that need to be recognised and managed.
Periodontology has also played a key role in the development of Implant Dentistry, both from a research and clinical perspective. The EFP is justly proud of the achievements of many of the researchers and clinicians who are members of the Constituent Societies and who have made highly significant contributions to Periodontology and Implant Dentistry. The official journal of the EFP, the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, is one of the most respected dental journals in the world. The EFP has worked extensively to promote education and training at the predoctoral (undergraduate) and postdoctoral (postgraduate) levels. Periodontology is recognised as a Specialty in many member countries and the EFP is dedicated to promote this status throughout all member countries.
The EFP holds a large international meeting every 3 years when all of the National Societies come together to learn about the latest advances from world-renowned speakers.