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6 Things You Need to Know About the New Periodontal Classifications

Friday, May 22, 2020 Chris Wood

While many doors have been closed this month, Audley Dental Solutions has been excitedly working to boost our existing training services into virtual study groups, led by our in-house dental specialists.

Last month, we were proud to host a virtual Periodontal study group, "New Periodontal Classification in Practice". In this course, our resident Periodontal specialist, Dr Pritesh Raval, e-met with 16 delegates, to guide them through the new classifications and discuss how they could implement this into their clinical practices.

Pritesh looks after all Periodontal treatments here at Audley Dental Solutions and has spent his career furthering his expertise in the treatment of advanced periodontal disease and other oral conditions including disease around implants.

The field of Periodontics focuses on diseases that affect the support around the teeth, including both the jawbones and the gum. This dental field is highly complex, and specialists, like Pritesh, are highly trained and committed to life-long learning in this specialty.

In addition to his fantastic hands-on work with patients, Pritesh is a prolific educator with a passion for his specialism and a unique talent for making complex topics easier to digest for general dentists.


6 Things You Need to Know About the New Periodontal Classification in Your Practice

For any general dentists who were unable to attend or would like a recap, Pritesh has shared the top six takeaways of the study group session, to give you an idea of what you need to know about the new Periodontal classification.

1. New Classification Was Needed

Due to developments in research and our understanding of periodontal diseases, there was a new need to update the classification.

2. New Factors Have Been Added

Under the new classification, it is not only disease which is taken into account. The new classification also defines health around teeth and implants.

3. Goes Beyond Periodontal Disease

The new classification is not limited to periodontal diseases. It now encompasses soft tissues, implants and soft and hard tissue deficiencies around implants.

4. Need for New Terminology

In the course, we discussed why the terminology needed to be different and how in the new classification there have been some changes to definitions.

5. We Now Have a Workflow to Determine Severity

To best work with the new classification, the key is to use the guidance provided by the BSP and the workflow diagram to determine the severity and rate of the disease.

6. Awareness of Alternative Factors

We have learned that other factors, such as uncontrolled diabetes and smoking affect the rate of disease progression, which is now considered in the classification.

Your Partner in Complex Cases

Audley Dental Solutions is a unique practice, made up of specialists across Periodontics, Prosthodontics and Endodontics, who partner with general dental practices to offer their expertise, both in hands-on treatments, as well as educational services for upskilling and empowering general dental staff.

Our specialists partner with you so that you can refer complex cases which you cannot do in-house but can offer as an extension of your service. In our service, we work closely with general dentists to ensure you're aware of what we discuss and plan with your patients at every step. And we are committed to supporting you with education so that you're knowledgeable in the fields you are referring your patients to.

We are here for you to lean on for learning, just as much as we are here to offer the best specialist dental solutions to your patients.

If you would like more information on the new Periodontal classifications, get in touch with us today. If there is enough demand, we will happily run another similar event in the future.

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