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… Continue Reading Periodontitis classification

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… Continue Reading Dental calculus

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… Continue Reading Periodontium

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… Continue Reading Periodontitis

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… Continue Reading The Evaluation of Periodontal Condition

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,… Continue Reading Methods of Disease Transmission