PCS 313 Clinical periodontology 1

Summary of the main learning outcomes for students enrolled in the course:

This course teaches the student the biological basis for common periodontal problems. The multifactorial etiology of periodontal disease will be presented to enable students to identify patients at risk. Emphasis will be given to the early recognition of periodontal disease in addition to comprehensive plaque control, which is essential to preventive periodontics. Training will be given to perform and record the case history; to examine and perform specific investigations; to diagnose, plan and execute non-surgical treatment with emphasis on thorough scaling and root planning; and design appropriate maintenance programs for patients with common periodontal problems.

Identification of instruments used in nonsurgical and surgical procedures as well as instrument sharpening will be instructed. On successful completion of the course, the students will be familiar with the sequence and phases of periodontal therapy, understand the rationale for the elimination of etiologic factors to control the most common forms of periodontal diseases, re-evaluate periodontal tissues and develop a periodontal treatment plan. They will learn the clinical skills necessary to correctly use periodontal instruments for the elimination of plaque and calculus. Most importantly, at the end of the course, they will understand the significance of evaluating periodontal tissues and the importance of maintaining the periodontal health obtained after therapy.

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