Can You Streamline Periodontal Charting?

perio charting Oct 05, 2018

If you could change one thing about the periodontal charting process, what would it be?

 

Speed up the data collection and entry process? Customize it to the way you want to work? Simplify the look and feel of charting?

 

We’ve heard a variety of answers to this very question, and they all relate to a key point: periodontal charting isn’t a quick and easy task - and it could be costing you more time, money, and resources than it should.

Why Better Periodontal Charting Is Needed

If you’ve tried to break away from traditional charting in favor of electronic record keeping, you’ve likely noticed that most solutions are made for general dentistry and not for the specialty of periodontics. It’s a major limitation on the data you’re able to collect, view, and analyze, which forces you to pursue other options to capture the details you need.

 

Visual elements play an equally important role in charting, but many traditional solutions...

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How Periodontists Can Prepare Themselves for the 2017 World Workshop Changes on the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases and Conditions

diagnosis Sep 17, 2018

Are you aware of the new classifications of periodontal and peri-implant diseases and conditions? 

The American Academy for Periodontology recently released several changes to periodontal diagnosis, and these changes will affect the patient services and care you provide.

AAP Changes in Periodontal Disease Diagnosis

The recent update to the classification for peri-implant disease and conditions is a comprehensive effort that periodontists haven’t seen the likes of in almost 20 years.  All of the following have been affected, at least in part, by the recent restructuring: 

  • Acute periodontal conditions
  • Endo-periodontal lesion
  • Necrotizing gingivitis
  • Necrotizing periodontitis
  • Periodontal abscess
  • Periodontal disease
  • Periodontitis
  • Periodontal classification
  • Gingivitis
  • Peri-implant mucositis
  • Peri-implantitis
  • Peri-implant tissues
  • Case definition
  • Hard tissue deficiencies
  • Soft tissue deficiencies

As a result, periodontitis is no longer classified as chronic or...

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The 2 Most Commonly Forgotten Components of Periodontal Diagnosis in the Practice

When you’re exploring diagnoses for a patient, you look for certain things, like probing depth, clinical attachment level, and bleeding on probing. The signs you identify lead you to a periodontal diagnosis, at which point you can explore treatment options. 

But whatever steps you take to reach a diagnosis, there are two key components to the process that are often left unaddressed - and they’re both critical to your success and the eventual outcome for your patients:

#1 - A Systematized Approach to Diagnosis

Despite our growing understanding of periodontal diseases, traditional clinical parameters are largely responsible for an accurate and thorough diagnosis. Only then will you be able to provide the expected level of treatment and care to your patients. 

However, the actual methods for diagnosis can vary between provider, even within the same practice. Many providers lack a systematized way of approaching diagnosis, in part because they can often make...

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