Quality Resource Guide: Periodontal Osseous Surgery (3rd Edition) is organized by MetLife.
Originally published: August 2010
Updated and revised: December 2013 and December 2016
Expiration date: December 2019
MetLife designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credits for the review of this Quality Resource Guide and successful completion of the post test.
Periodontal therapy, including surgical approaches, plays an important role in assisting patients with periodontal diseases to retain their natural dentition. In addition, periodontal surgery may be used to prepare the soft tissues and bone prior to the delivery of restorative or prosthetic dental treatment. This Guide provides a scientifically based overview of periodontal osseous surgery and discusses its use in treating periodontitis, and lengthening clinical crowns to allow restoration of a tooth. The Guide will assist the dentist in assessing patients’ treatment needs, communicating with the periodontist during treatment planning, and answering patient questions regarding proposed periodontal therapy.
Following this unit of instruction, the learner should be able to
• Understand the rationale for Periodontal Osseous Surgery;
a. to treat moderate and severe periodontitis.
b. to lengthen clinical crowns prior to restoration of a tooth.
• Delineate the advantages and disadvantages of closed subgingival scaling and root planing compared to periodontal surgery.
• Understand the relationship of disease severity to the decision to recommend Periodontal Osseous Surgery.
• Identify patients who would benefit from Periodontal Osseous Surgery.
• Understand the concept of biologic width and how it relates to crown lengthening.
• Understand the role of maintenance care and personal oral hygiene following Periodontal Osseous Surgery.
Additional details will be posted as soon as they are available.
Periodontics and Periodontology, Dentistry