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Periodontitis classification

Periodontitis classification

The new periodontitis classification is more descriptive and not temporal as was the previous system. The terms adult, juvenile, early onset, and prepubertal have been replaced with various forms of chronic and aggressive disease. In addition, many periodontal conditions that were not addressed in any previous periodontitis classification system have …

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Dental calculus

Dental calculus

Dental calculus is mineralized, mature plaque covered on its surface with nonmineralized plaque, material alba, desquamated epithelial cells, and formed blood elements The bacterial components are largely branched and unbranched filamentous microorganisms that are usually nonvital or display minimal metabolic activity. These bacteria probably alay a role in the mineralization …

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Periodontium

Periodontium

A clear understanding of the structure and function of the periodontium is necessary in order to appreciate the disease process and treatment. The periodontium consists primarily of noncalcified and calcified connective tissues covered by a intact layer of epithelium. It is the destruction of the calcified connective tissues due to …

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Periodontitis

Periodontitis

Periodontitis – The framework of effective periodontal therapy includes a working diagnosis and classification of disease, the identification of pertinent etiologic factors, and a treatment plan that addresses each of the etiologic agents in a logical sequence. To ignore pertinent etiologic factors in the treatment plan will translate to under treatment …

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The Evaluation of Periodontal Condition

For the proper and accurate diagnosis of the periodontal condition in a patient, it is important to have a thorough periodontal examination. This examination should include the following: HEALTH AND DENTAL HISTORY Health and dental histories. Head, neck, and oral exam. Gingival exam and bleeding index. Radiographs. Deposit evaluation and …

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Dental Ethics

Dental Ethics – Dentistry, like medicine, is a Hippocratic profession. It has developed and now uses a set of techniques that have evolved rapidly and discernibly within the few decades. Hippocrates incorporated into his school of thoughts three ingredients which have survived into contemporary health care practice: First, there was …

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Laser hazards

Laser hazards are usually prone to life and explosion hazards and the following precautions must be observed: 1. All the highly combustible materials must be stored or explosive outside the hazardous zone. 2. During laser surgery nitrous oxide should not be used as it supports combustion causing Laser hazards. 3. …

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Classification of lasers

There are four Classification of lasers as follows: Class 1 classification of lasers The output power of this laser is measured in tenths of milli watts. Under standard conditions of operation, they do not create a health hazard. Generally these devices are totally enclosed. Hence, the beam does not exit …

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Methods of Disease Transmission

Four Methods of Disease Transmission that are of dental concern 1. Personal contact—Direct contact between two people, with one being infected with an active pathogen. 2. Carrier contact—Direct contact with a carrier of the pathogen who doesn’t exhibit signs or symptoms of disease. 3. Droplet infection—Pathogens spread by talking, sneezing, …

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Varicella Zoster Virus

The herpes virus Varicella Zoster Virus is responsible for chicken pox (varicella) in young people and shingles (herpes zoster) in adults. Varicella virus is extremely communicable before the rash appears and until the sores have crusted over. The Varicella Zoster Virus enters the body through the respiratory mucous membranes and …

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