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The Periodontal Examination

Published: January 30, 2012 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9090

Included in this publication:

  • Instructor's Guide Periodontal Examination.pdf
  • Examination.ppt
  • Periodontal Examination Media.mp4
  • Periodontal Examination.pdf

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The ability to conduct a periodontal examination is an important skill for dental students to learn as it is a relevant topic on state board, and national, examinations. This resource provides an introductory presentation on how to conduct a periodontal examination for predoctoral dental students prior to their initiation into clinical patient care. The resource may also be used for first-year graduate periodontology residents to review the basics of the periodontal examination prior to their initiation into surgical patient care.

The resource was created with consideration of modern learning styles involving use of multimedia and technology in a format that is conducive to anytime, anywhere learning. As such, it provides a concise review of the periodontal examination through the use of a 20-minute video, a PowerPoint presentation, and a reading guide on how to administer the periodontal exam. Prior to beginning this resource, students should have good understanding of the anatomy of the periodontium and the various diseases that affect the periodontium.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Understand the evaluation steps involved in a periodontal examination.
  2. Possess working knowledge of the clinical factors used to assess gingival/periodontal status.
  3. Differentiate between periodontal pocket depth and attachment level.
  4. Determine how intra-oral radiographs are used to assess periodontal status.

Author Information

  • Ahmed Khocht, DDS: Temple University

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Khocht A. The periodontal examination. MedEdPORTAL. 2012;8:9090. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9090

This publication is co-sponsored by the American Dental Education Association.