The purpose of the comprehensive periodontal examination is to determine the periodontal diagnosis and prognosis and/or suitability for dental implants
What does this entail?
All patients receive a comprehensive periodontal evaluation that includes a discussion with the patient regarding their chief complaint, medical and dental history review, clinical examination, and radiographic analysis.
This process includes an evaluation of periodontal and peri-implant tissues to determine the suitability of the patient for treatments including non-surgical, surgical, regenerative and reconstructive therapy, or dental implant placement. This information should be recorded in the patient’s chart and communicated to the patient and the referring dentist when appropriate
The Importance of Evaluation & Diagnosis:
The prevention and treatment of disease is based on accurate diagnosis, reduction or elimination of causative agents, risk management, and correction of harmful effects of disease. In order to determine the most effective treatment plan a proper evaluation and diagnosis needs to be performed to identify the cause and prognosis of each issue. An accurate diagnosis can only be made by a thorough examination of data that has been systematically collected by the dentist or periodontist.
These methods include: patient interviews, medical consultation, clinical periodontal evaluation, radiographic examination, and laboratory tests as needed. The clinical signs that are felt by the patient and visible to the specialist are only a measure of the effects of the disease, and do not provide the dentists with a current assessment of disease activity