Emerging from an unprecedented year in a global pandemic, the challenges forced on the dental team has strengthened our resolve to adapt new protocols going forward. As we approach a new year in 2021, our management of disease transmission and oral disease prevention will be tested as a result of the revised periodontal classifications and patient care processes.
In 2018, the American Academy of Periodontology published new guidelines entitled: “ Three Steps to Staging and Grading a Patient ” and “Staging and Grading Periodontitis.” This program will review the steps in implementing the new guidelines, patient screening, diagnosis, treatment planning and appropriate therapies. Achieving successful outcomes is contingent on optimal instrumentation skills in compliance with the dental setting of 2021.
- Identify and implement a proper periodontal diagnosis using the updated Staging and Grading system to classify the dental patient.
- Review a case study to familiarize yourself with updated criteria in the new periodontal classification system.
- Choose proper instrumentation with consideration to safe protocols and sound clinical judgement.
- Discuss and apply evidence-based products in prevention of disease transmission.
- Differentiate between natural and implant structures with attention to examination, debridement and home care aids.
- Improve ergonomics with focus on extra-oral fulcrums, sharpening and selecting advanced hand and power instruments.