CHAPTER 7 Oral Health Needs, Treatment Planning and Appointments
Records must not be altered after any request for access (see Chapter 3) has been received.
BOX 7.1 Surfaces of the Tooth
Dental and periodontal charting is the ‘recording of clinical details of a patient’s dentition and surrounding tissues’. As a part of the dental clinical team, you will be required to know how to complete a dental chart. Box 7.2 lists the main reasons for doing dental charting.
BOX 7.2 Why do Dental Charting?
The teeth present in each quadrant of the mouth and their condition is recorded. You need to record these in relation to the patient’s left or right side. That is, with the patient sitting in the dental chair, a tooth on the patient’s left side (your right side) is recorded as on the ‘left’ on the chart.
Most dental charts consist of a diagrammatic representation of all the teeth with surfaces shown as flat (Figure 7.2). Imagine the face is divided into four equal parts (quadrants):