16: Periodontal History, Examination and Diagnosis

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Periodontal history, examination and diagnosis

Figure 16.1 Steps in taking a periodontal history, examination and diagnosis.

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Figure 16.2 Points a general description of a periodontal condition should cover.

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Figure 16.3 A detailed examination of periodontal tissues and recording of periodontal indices.

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Figure 16.4 Diagram of probing pocket depth, recession and clinical attachment loss.

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Figure 16.5 Suppuration.

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Figure 16.6 Classification of furcation involvement.

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Figure 16.7 Mobility.

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Figure 16.8 Radiographic assessment.

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The history and examination should provide relevant information to enable the clinician to formulate a clinical diagnosis and treatment plan (Fig. 16.1).

Periodontal history

Eliciting a good history requires a structured approach, good communication skills and building up a rapport with the patient. The history for a patient presenting for a periodontal assessment should include details of:

1 Presenting complaint:

• If there is not a complaint, the reason for attendance should be noted.
• If there are other dental complaints these should also be noted.

2 History of complaint/reason for attendance: the onset, duration, severity and any triggers of the presenting complaint should be noted.

3 Family history of periodontal p/>

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Jan 14, 2015 | Posted by in Periodontics | Comments Off on 16: Periodontal History, Examination and Diagnosis
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