Dental Hygienist Seminar 2018

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Tools for Periodontal Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning and Supportive Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal diseases are diagnosed on the basis of clinical signs, with radiographs assisting in treatment planning decisions and in the delivery of periodontal care. In the first instance, use of a screening system, to screen out patients with minimal or no disease, and to screen in those with a disease requiring full diagnosis and treatment planning for periodontitis, is a very helpful approach. The full diagnostic approach relies on periodontal probing and the response to probing. Periodontal probing depth measurements and periodontal attachment level registrations are recordings of clinical findings, which depend upon the state of health of the periodontal tissues to a large extent.

This lecture will review the assessment and diagnostic tools for determinations of patient treatment.  The new staging and grading system of classification from the consensus paper presented at Europerio 9 will be discussed.

Phases of care and ‘tools’ to assist in Treatment planning will be presented. Use of indices and software modalities will be discussed

Learning outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the use of  different explorers and probes for periodontal assessment and diagnosis
  • Understand how to use indices for determination of oral hygiene compliance and role in periodontal diagnosis
  • Using PSR in periodontal treatment planning
  • Use of new periodontal classification in recognising stages and grades of periodontal disease
  • Use of various software tools for treatment planning and patient motivations
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