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Assessment of Disease Levels and Factors that will Impact on Periodontal Status course for Dental Practitioners

Speciality Classification
Oral Health
Time / Duration
20 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Faculty of Dental Surgery, elfh, NHS

This session introduces the principles of periodontal assessment alongside other aspects of assessment for a new or returning patient. The learner will understand how screening for periodontal disease will enable the clinician to distinguish between reversible gingivitis and different levels of periodontitis, as well as gaining an understanding of the incidence of periodontal disease likely to be encountered in a general dental practice setting in the UK.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • distinguish between gingival health, gingivitis and different degrees of periodontitis
  • demonstrate knowledge of the incidence of periodontal disease in the UK population
  • recognise the importance of history taking in assessing periodontal disease risk
  • describe how to assess oral hygiene status
  • summarise and demonstrate the use of BPE in clinical practice and list the consequences of each score
  • identify when and for whom a full periodontal examination is required

While gingivitis is a common condition in western populations, resulting in no irreversible damage to the periodontal tissues, periodontitis results in permanent loss of soft tissue attachment and bone. Over usually lengthy periods, such attachment loss can lead to loss of teeth which in turn can have a profound effect on an individual’s quality of life.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should:

  • be familiar with the principles of screening
  • have covered information gathering and consultation skills
  • have completed the e-Den sessions on dental radiography in 1 Patient assessment/Assessment methods and techniques:
    - Appropriate imaging examination for a patient
    - Selection criteria for radiographic examination
    - Imaging techniques needed in periodontal diagnosis
    - Successful radiographic techniques
    - Successful diagnosis of radiographic images
    - The use of advanced imaging techniques in dentistry
Instructors / Speakers
Philip Ower,
Specialist in Periodontics, Module Editor for e-Den Module 4

Phil qualified from King’s London in 1978. He joined the RAF after qualifying and was a general dental practitioner until taking an MSc in Periodontology in 1992, after which he was RAF Adviser in Periodontology and ran the RAF School of Dental Hygiene. After leaving the RAF he lectured at the Eastman Dental Institute and worked in several specialist practices. For 10 years he worked alongside Bernie Kieser at the Periodontal Practice in London and now practices at the Briars Dental Centre in Newbury. He is on the GDC’s Specialist Register. He has been an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MGDS) and has served two terms on the Council of the British Society of Periodontology. Phil has had papers published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, Dental Update, Dental Practice and Independent Dentistry and is on the editorial boards of Dental Health and Primary Dental Care. He lectures throughout the UK, and is responsible for the perio component of the FGDP(UK) Diploma in Restorative Dentistry in both London and Manchester.

Phil is also the e-Den Module Editor for Module 4 Periodontal Disease and Management.

Assessment of Disease Levels and Factors that will Impact on Periodontal Status course for Dental Practitioners
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Dental, -- DENTAL --
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
20 minutes
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