2018 AAP Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases – Aligning the Dental Hygiene Diagnosis

Course Description

The updated AAP classification system created in 2017 represents a multi-dimensional staging and grading framework for periodontitis and implant disease status. This course will examine the concepts of staging and grading to classify each patient by complexity of case management, likelihood of less predictable response to therapy, and potential for periodontitis development.
Diagnosing, treatment planning, and executing appropriate and necessary periodontal therapies will be reviewed utilizing case presentations and group activities. A hallmark feature of the updated system brings opportunities for more case specific patient care. The need for calibration and clinician alignment with the new classification system will be discussed along with narrative examples for documentation recommendations.

Course Objectives

  • Examine the historical timeline and evolution of the AAP Classification System.
  • Discuss the new staging/grading system for periodontal disease and how it will benefit patient
    care and management.
  • Create treatment modalities that are evidence-based protocols for specific types of periodontal
    diseases according to the new classification system.
  • Identify patients who may benefit from adjunctive strategies of disease management and overall
    health surveillance based on the updated classifications.
  • Develop individualized homecare regimens utilizing staging and grading to motivate and
    encourage patients to improve their oral health.


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  • November 8, 2017
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