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