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Course : Periodontology

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Spring 2024
Centennial Hall, 103
Jill Young
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OBJECTIVES:    Given reading assignments, lecture, class discussion, videos, and lab work as applicable, upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

 1.      Identify the history and evolution of periodontal disease and therapy.


 2.       Locate, describe, and identify the function of each component of the periodontium histologically and anatomically.

3.       Explain risk factors in periodontal disease, classify periodontal bacteria, identify specific periodontal pathogens and level of virulence, and describe the disease process at the cellular level.


4.       Explain the role of plaque as oral biofilm, calculus, and conditions that affect periodontal health.


5.       Identify and classify the diseases of the gingiva and periodontium, identify the etiology and pathogenesis of periodontal diseases, and describe the effects of antibiotic therapy and its appropriate use.


6.       Describe the biological basis of occlusal function and distinguish between primary and secondary occlusal trauma.


7.       Describe the various methods and relationships of assessment tools in periodontal disease, list the goals and phases of periodontal treatment for AAP case types, and list factors involved with prognosis.


8.       Identify plaque/oral biofilm as an etiologic agent and describe the action of mechanical and chemical plaque control and the role of the patient.


9.       Define the goals and rationale for surgical and non-surgical periodontal therapy, describe the various techniques, indications for treatment, and post-surgical care.


10.     Describe the various types of dental implants, explain factors contributing to the success of failure of implants, and describe the dental hygiene maintenance therapy of the dental implant patient.


11.     List supportive periodontal therapy's sequence, effectiveness, and objectives, explain the relationship between compliance and recurrence of periodontal disease, and describe methods of controlling dentin hypersensitivity.


12.     Describe signs and symptoms of periodontal emergencies, identify systems factors influencing periodontal diseases, and describe treatment modifications for patients having these systemic factors.


Learning objectives related to specific topics are found at the beginning of each corresponding chapter and/or page of texts.

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