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DHE 119 - Periodontology

2 Credits, 2 Contact Hours
2 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Survey of periodontology comprised of the etiology, diagnosis, and prognosis of periodontal disease. Includes tissues and microscopic anatomy of the periodontium, historical background, causes, microbiology and classification of periodontal disease, local and systemic contributing factors, clinical assessment, radiographic analysis, and evidence-based periodontal care. Also includes decision making during treatment planning, nonsurgical and patient’s role in periodontal therapy, maintenance therapy, research articles and applications, and new dental technology.

Prerequisite(s): DHE 101 , DHE 101LC , DHE 104 , DHE 104LB , DHE 107 , DHE 112 , DHE 116 , and DHE 116LC  
Corequisite(s): DHE 120 , DHE 122 , DHE 132 , DHE 132LB , DHE 150 , DHE 150LB , DHE 150LC  
Information: Students must be admitted to the PCC Dental Hygiene program and obtain consent of the Dental Hygiene department before enrolling in this course.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify structures of the periodontium.
  2. List and define the microscopic anatomy of the periodontium.
  3. Describe progression of periodontal disease.
  4. Identify periodontal conditions on radiographic imagery.
  5. Describe steps in nonsurgical periodontal therapy.
  6. Explain basic components and use of lasers.
  7. Describe the relationship of oral biofilms and periodontal disease.
  8. Describe the host immune response to periodontal pathogens.
  9. Classify periodontal diseases.
  10. List and describe systemic factors associated with periodontal disease.
  11. Describe the clinical periodontal assessment.
  12. Identify local contributing factors for periodontal disease.

  1. Tissues of the Periodontium
    1. Nerve supply
    2. Blood supply
    3. Lymphatic system
  2. Microscopic Anatomy of the Periodontium
    1. Histology of body tissues
    2. Histology of the gingiva
    3. Histology of root cementum and alveolar bone
  3. The History of Periodontal Disease
    1. The periodontium in health and disease
    2. Classifications systems
    3. AAP classification for periodontal diseases
  4. Search for the Causes of Periodontal Disease
    1. Epidemiology: researching periodontal disease
    2. Control and progression of periodontal disease
    3. Risk factors for periodontal disease
  5. Microbiology of Periodontal Disease
    1. Bacteria in the oral environment
    2. Bacteria associated with periodontal health and disease
    3. Structure and colonization of plaque biofilms
    4. Mechanisms of periodontal destruction
    5. Control of plaque biofilms
  6. Host Immune Response
    1. Role of host response in periodontal disease
    2. Pathogenesis of inflammatory periodontal disease
  7. Local Contributing Factors
    1. Local factors that increase plaque biofilm retention
    2. Local factors that increase plaque biofilm pathogenicity
    3. Local factors that cause direct damage
  8. Systemic Contributing Factors
    1. Systemic risk factors for periodontitis
    2. Genetic risk factors for periodontitis
    3. Systemic medications with periodontal side effects
  9. Classification of Periodontal Diseases and Conditions
    1. Epidemiology: researching periodontal disease
    2. Control and progression of periodontal disease
    3. Risk factors for periodontal disease
  10. Gingival Disease
    1. Classification of gingival diseases
    2. Dental-plaque induced gingival diseases
    3. Non-plaque-induced gingival
    4. Lesions
  11. Periodontitis
    1. Chronic periodontitis
    2. Aggressive periodontitis
    3. Periodontitis as a manifestation of systemic disease
    4. Necrotizing periodontal diseases
    5. Developmental or acquired deformities and conditions
  12. Clinical Periodontal Assessment
    1. Periodontal screening examination
    2. Comprehensive periodontal assessment
    3. Clinical features that require calculations
  13. Radiographic Analysis of the Periodontium
    1. Radiographic appearance of the periodontium
    2. Use of radiographs for periodontal evaluation
  14. Evidence-Based Periodontal Care
    1. Best practice
    2. Role of evidence-based care in best practice
    3. Finding clinically relevant information
    4. Lifelong learning skills for best practice
  15. Decision Making During Treatment Planning
    1. Decisions related to assigning a periodontal diagnosis
    2. Decisions related to treatment sequencing
    3. Informed consent for periodontal treatment
  16. Nonsurgical Periodontal Therapy
    1. Nonsurgical instrumentation
    2. Decisions following nonsurgical therapy
  17. Patient’s Role in Nonsurgical Periodontal Therapy
    1. Patient self-care
    2. Tooth brushing and tongue cleaning
    3. Interdental care
  18. Periodontal Maintenance Therapy
    1. Procedures and planning for periodontal maintenance
    2. Disease recurrence and patient compliance
    3. Root caries as a complication during periodontal maintenance
  19. Case Studies and Research Articles and Applications
    1. Comprehensive patient cases
    2. Guidelines for reading dental literature
    3. Procedures for searching the Internet
    4. Periodontal resources on the Internet
  20. New Dental Technology


Effective Term:
Fall 2016