Periodontal Diseases

4 Contact Hours

Learning Objectives

After completing of the course you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the importance of identifying the specific genetic marker responsible for producing excess amount of the chemical that regulates the body’s inflammatory response to bacteria.
  2. Distinguish between the two most common forms of periodontal diseases–gingivitis and periodontitis.
  3. Explain the pathophysiology of periodontal disease.
  4. List 8 symptoms of periodontal disease.
  5. Demonstrate the progression of periodontal disease from gingivitis through mild and moderate periodontitis to advanced periodontitis using sketches and photographs.
  6. List 9 factors that puts a person at risk for periodontitis.
  7. Explain to the patient the prevention measures that one can take against periodontal disease.
  8. Discuss the link between periodontitis and other serious systemic disorders, such as heart disease, COPD, premature low-birth-weight babies, etc.
  9. Discuss the results of the study supported by the NIDR which tested the effective- ness of antibiotics to combat bacteria that cause most gum disease.
  10. Discuss the need for a new approach in the etiology, treatment and monitoring of periodontal disease.
  11. Explain the role played by the body’s host immune response system in initiating the destructive periodontal disease process.
  12. Discuss various pharmaceutical, nonsurgical treatment options for periodontal diseases.
  13. Describe the application and benefits of PerioChip in the treatment of periodontal disease and compare its effectiveness with scaling and root planning.
  14. Discuss the application of Atridox in the nonsurgical treatment of chronic periodontitis.
  15. Discuss the application of Periostat in fighting adult periodontitis by reducing the elevated collagenase activity of the gingival fluid.
  16. Answer questions of the patient regarding periodontal diseases including assessment, prevention and treatment.
  17. Discuss with the patient causes of periodontal diseases, including tobacco use, genetics, pregnancy, stress, medications, diabetes and nutrition.
  18. Explain to the patient various stages of periodontal disease and point out signs and symptoms.
  19. Discuss the necessity and benefits of various treatments of periodontal disease: pocket reduction, regeneration, crown lengthening, soft tissue grafts, and dental implants.