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...