Radiologic Assessment of the Periodontal Patient - L0744


About Course #L0744

Release Date: May 6, 2016

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Periodontal diseases are mainly the result of infections and inflammation of the gums and bone that sur-round and support the teeth. The prevalence of periodontitis in the United States is extensive. Forty-seven percent of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease.

Because implant placement is now a routine aspect of periodontal practice, radiographic assessment of implant sites is discussed. Dentists and surgeons rely on radiographs to determine appropriate implant sites and to ensure proper implant placement. CBCT is introduced as a necessary tool in implant placement planning, in creating surgical guides, and as an aid in diagnosing periimplantitis. This course is appropriate for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants.

AGD Subject Code: 495

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the radiographs and radiographic methods used in the periodontal evaluation.
  • List the anatomical structures captured in radiographs that help to identify bone loss associated with periodontal disease.
  • Describe how cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) improves upon the limitations of conventional radiographs.
  • Recognize how current radiographic practices, including CBCT, aid in implant-associated treatments.

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits

About the Author

Veronica Powers, DMD, received a BS degree from Providence College and a DMD degree from the Oregon Health and Science University. After working as a general dentist, Dr. Powers became the lead dentist for Phoenix House Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, where she provides comprehensive treatment for the residents of a rehabilitation facility. In this capacity she performs surgical and simple extractions and root canals, and places crowns, bridges, and removable prosthodontics. She created the protocol for the day-to-day management of the clinic, and is especially adept in the treatment of anxious patients. She has provided volunteer dentistry in India and in Chiapas, Mexico, and has worked with the American Dental Association's Give Kids a Smile program in the United States.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.