Original Publication
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The Periodontium

Published: January 30, 2012 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9091

Included in this publication:

  • Instructor's Guide Periodontium.pdf
  • Periodontium.pdf
  • Periodontium.ppt
  • The Periodontium Media.mp4

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Working knowledge of the periodontium is an important aspect of dental student education. This resource is primarily intended to provide a concise review of periodontal anatomy and histology. Students utilizing these materials should have already completed a formal anatomy and histology course, and review this material with the goal of relating normal anatomy and histology of periodontal tissues to the anatomical and histological changes that occur with periodontal disease.

This resource was created with consideration of modern learning styles involving the use of multimedia and technology that is conducive to anytime, anywhere learning. This framework provides a concise review of the periodontal structures as well as a histological review of the gingival, periodontal ligament, cementum, and bone tissues. The resource contains a 25-minute long video, a PowerPoint presentation, and a reading guide. The entire module takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Educational Objectives

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

  1. Define the structures that compromise the periodontium.
  2. Describe the macroscopic and microscopic anatomy of the gingival tissues.
  3. Identify the formation of collagen in the gingival tissues.
  4. Define the anatomy and function of the periodontal ligament.
  5. Explain the anatomy and function of cementum.
  6. Describe the anatomy and function of alveolar bone.

Author Information

  • Ahmed Khocht, DDS: Temple University

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Khocht A. The periodontium. MedEdPORTAL. 2012;8:9091. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9091

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