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Clinical Periodontics, 4th ed.

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  • what medications aggravate gingival disease?
  • what the indications are for using locally delivered antibiotics in periodontal therapy?
  • what conditions/diseases increase the severity of periodontal disease?

Find the answers to these and many more questions in this new 2010 third edition of Clinical Periodontics. You'll also learn what to do for each of five periodontal emergencies and how to regenerate lost attachment apparatus on a previously diseased root surface. 

New to this edition:

  • New 4-color photographs, radiographs, line drawings, and illustrations added
  • Cone beam computed tomographic (CBCT) imaging
  • Updated techniques and considerations in implant dentistry
  • Enhanced chapters on principles, assessment, diagnosis, treatments and therapies, and prevention of periodontal disease

All this and more are presented in just 179 pages, including over 285 drawings and color photographs! Take this course and you'll have the book, 16 CE hours, a better dental library, and more confidence with your patients.

"Excellent book (Manual of Clinical Periodontics 3rd Edition), clear explanations in text, plus great pictures that can be used in the office to explain perio disease to patients."

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Clinical Periodontics, 4th ed.

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Clinical Periodontics, 4th ed.

About the Authors

Francis G. Serio, DMD, MS, MBA, is Professor and Chairmen of the Department of Periodontics and Preventive Sciences at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He received his BA from The Johns Hopkins University, his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania, MS and Certificate in Periodontics from the University of Maryland, and MBA from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

Dr. Serio has been involved in education, research, and international volunteer activities since 1981. He has published 35 journal articles, 4 books, several book chapters, and numerous abstracts. He has lectured throughout the United States and 6 other countries on various aspects of periodontics. He is a Fellow of the Amercan College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the Academy of Dentistry International.

Charles E. Hawley, DDS, PhD, is currently Clinical Professor, Department of Periodontology, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where he is engaged in clinical instruction in the post-graduate program in periodontology. He received his BS degree from The Johns Hopkins University, his DDS from the University of Pennsylvania, his Certificate in Periodontics and a masters degree from the University of Illinois, and his PhD from the University of Maryland.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Clinical Periodontics, 4th ed.

Course Objectives

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

Course 1: Chapters 1-6 from Manual of Clinical Periodontics 3rd Edition

  1. Basic concepts related to evidence-based periodontal diagnosis and therapy.
  2. Periodontium anatomical features and their functions.
  3. Causes and signs of periodontal diseases.
  4. Methods of diagnosing periodontal diseases.
  5. Procedures for at-home and clinical maintenance of oral health.
  6. Procedures for scaling and root planning and antibiotics.

Course 2: Chapters 7-11 and Appendix from Manual of Clinical Periodontics 3rd Edition

  1. Indications and contraindications for periodontal surgery.
  2. Types of periodontal flaps and their uses.
  3. Procedures and processes associated with periodontal wound healing.
  4. Osseous defects and the surgical techniques used in such cases.
  5. Considerations and techniques for performing periodontal plastic surgery.
  6. Types of periodontal emergencies, their signs, symptoms, and treatments.
  7. Procedures for postoperative clinical and at-home care for implants.

Clinical Periodontics, 4th ed.

Table of Contents

When you complete this course, you will take a written or online test that measures your ability to identify:

  • 1/Introduction to Health and Disease, Evidence-Based Decision Making
    Health and Disease
    Disease Categories
    Diagnosis and Classification
    Evidence-Based Decision Making
  • 2/Anatomy, Histology, and Physiology of the Periodontium
    Functions of the Periodontium
    Surface Characteristics of the Periodontium
    Cell Layers Composing Oral Epithelium
    Clinically Healthy Gingiva
    Supporting Structures Beneath the Gingiva
    Attachment Apparatus
    Blood Supply
    Biologic Width
    Passive Eruption
    Crevicular Fluid
  • 3/Etiology and Classification of the Periodontal Diseases
    Concepts of Etiology
    Putative Periodontal Pathogens
    Features of Periodontal Pathogens
    Dental Calculus
    Pathogenic Potential of Calculus
    Risk Factors - Local and Systemic
    Classification of Periodontal Diseases and Conditions
    Distinguishing Characteristics - Gingivitis, Periodontitis, Other Periodontal Diseases and Conditions
  • 4/Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment Planning, and Therapeutic Endpoints
    Risk Assessment Components of the Clinical Periodontal
    Examination Instruments and Materials for Periodontal Assessment
    Radiographic Examination
    Periodontal Screening and Recording(tm) Examination
    Adjunctive Diagnostic Techniques
    Dentolegal Considerations
    Periodontal Treatment Planning
    Sample Periodontal Treatment Plans
    Periodontal Prognosis
    Therapeutic Endpoints
  • 5/Prevention of Disease and the Maintenance of Health
    Personal Plaque Control
    Toothbrushing Methods
    Interproximal Cleaning
    Antimicrobial Agents
    ADA Seal of Acceptance
    Maintenance of Periodontal
    Therapy Components of the Maintenance
    Visit Compliance of the Periodontal Patient
    Biologic Modulation to Control Recurrent Disease
    Retreating and Referral
  • 6/Nonsurgical Therapy: Scaling and Root Planing, Occlusal and Antibiotic Therapy
    Scaling and Root Planing
    Occlusal Therapy (Force Control)
    Antibiotic Therapy
    Suggested Systemic Antibiotic Regimens
    Local Antibiotic Therapy
    Periodontal Conditions Requiring Chemotherapeutic Treatment
  • 7/Surgical Treatment: Principles
    Basic Principles (Categories of Surgery; When Is Surgery Necessary?)
    Aseptic Technique
    Flap Surgery (Types of Flaps)
    Anatomic Landmarks
    Wound Closure
    Wound Healing
  • 8/Surgical Treatment: Resective and Regenerative Procedures
    Healing of Flaps by Repair, Reattachment, New Attachment, and New Attachment Apparatus
    Long Junctional Epithelium
    Apically-Positioned Flap
    Positive and Negative Bony Architecture
    Classification of Osseous
    Defects Osseous
    Surgery Crown
    Lengthening Periodontal
    Regeneration Materials for Regenerative Therapy
    Techniques Used in Regenerative Therapy
  • 9/Surgical Treatment: Periodontal Plastic Surgery
    Periodontal Plastic Surgery Procedures
    Aesthetic Evaluation
    Gingival Recession
    Alveolar Ridge Defects
    Excessive Gingival Display
    Procedures Available in Periodontal Plastic Surgery
    Aesthetic Problems/Solutions
    Types of Grafts
    Ovate Pontic
    Socket Preservation
    Treatment Planning for Aesthetic Therapy
  • 10/Periodontal Emergencies
    Diagnosis of Periodontal
    Emergencies Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment of Periodontal Emergencies
    Differential Diagnosis of an Endodontic and Periodontal Abcess
    Bisphosphonate Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (BRONJ)
  • 11/Considerations in Implant Dentistry
    Socket Grafting in Implant Therapy
    Signs of a Healthy and Ailing Implant
    Managing the Atrophic Ridge
    Lateral Ridge Augmentation by GBR
    Vertical Ridge Augmentation by GBR
    Imaging Techniques - Cone Beam CT
    Protocol for Implant Maintenance
  • Appendix
    Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Symbols
    Natural Products: Herbal and Dietary Supplements
    Detifrice Products
    Sample Prescriptions
    Internet Resources
    Selected Readings - General
    Selected Readings - Specific
  • Key Word Index

Clinical Periodontics, 4th ed.

Table of Contents

This Manual of Clinical Periodontics 3rd Edition has been written as a quick reference for practicing general dentists and dental hygienists. It may also be used as a refresher course by dentists entering advanced dental education programs in periodontics. With the increasing interdependence of periodontics and prosthodontics in treatment planning, the Manual will also provide a basic, yet essential, knowledge of periodontics for clinicians engaged in the practice of periodontal and implant prothesis.

The Manual stresses patient-centered evidence-based diagnosis, treatment planning, and accepted modalities of therapy. It also emphasizes the notion that the goal of periodontal therapy should satisfy the needs of the patient for a lifetime of health and comfortable function.

The Manual is a practical resource for both clinical and educational settings. Each chapter is presented in a "frequently asked question" format with bulleted, stepwise, straightforward approaches to basic principles of peridontics, periodontal diseases, diagnosis, and options in therapy.

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