In 2018, the American Academy of Periodontology released their new classification system for periodontal conditions. It is now out with the old 1999 classification system and in with the new. Many changes were made, new categories were developed, and language was adjusted for identifying, diagnosing and treatment planning periodontal conditions. For the first time, an implant category was added, which can assist in guiding practitioners in their identification and treatment planning of disease states of dental implants. It is now up to the clinicians to learn this new system and apply its diagnostic criteria in patient treatment planning and record keeping. With so many changes, it can be challenging for private practice clinicians to keep up. This course will present all 4 categories in the new 2018 classification system and guide clinicians in applying this system into their clinical practices.
At the conclusion of this course, the dental professional will be able to:
- Identify the characteristics of the four categories in the 2018 AAP classification system: #1 – Gingival health and gingival diseases and conditions, #2 – Periodontitis, #3 – Other conditions affecting the periodontium, #4 – Peri-implant diseases and conditions.
- Apply the 2018 AAP classification system into their practices with accurate diagnostic language.
- Use the classification system to correctly identify a patient’s health or disease state and utilize the patient’s AAP diagnosis to determine appropriate treatment strategies.
- Identify a patient’s implant health or disease state through learning the diagnostic criteria set forth by the AAP in the first ever category for implants.