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The Nature of Root Surface Contamination course for Dental Practice

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

This session describes the root surface in periodontal diseases and examines the distribution of contaminants on the root surface, relating this to contemporary therapeutic practice.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the possible sources of contamination on the root surface
  • Explain the relative importance of different sources of root surface contamination
  • Relate a knowledge of root surface contamination to clinical practice

Periodontal diseases are caused by a dysregulated host response to bacteria and their toxins.

These sources of bacterial contamination are contained within the bacterial biofilm and potentially within calculus and the cementum of the diseased root surface.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should have completed e-Den sessions:

  • Periodontal Disease and Management/Aetiology of Periodontal Disease/Anatomy of the periodontal tissues (141-0160)
  • Periodontal Disease and Management/Aetiology of Periodontal Disease/The Role Of The Bacterial Biofilm (141-0164)
  • Periodontal Disease and Management/Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy/Periodontal Instrumentation Techniques (141-0184)
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.

The Nature of Root Surface Contamination course for Dental Practice
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Dental, -- DENTAL --
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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