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Article: Volume 44 Number 4 Page 306 - April 2017

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Periodontics:  Diagnosis and Management of Chronic and Aggressive Periodontitis Part 1: Periodontal Assessment and Diagnosis

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Abstract: Periodontal disease remains one of the most common diseases that affect the oral cavity. The differential diagnosis between chronic and aggressive periodontitis can be complex for some clinicians and the correct diagnosis is a key element in disease management. The three-part series will review periodontal clinical assessment and diagnosis, periodontal management and finally will discuss two clinical cases. This paper will focus on periodontal disease pathogenesis, periodontal clinical assessment and diagnosis.

Clinical relevance: This paper aims to provide the general dental practitioner with an understanding of periodontal disease pathogenesis and to highlight elements in the clinical assessment which will help to establish the diagnosis. Dent Update 2017; 44: 306-315

Author notes: Despoina Chatzistavrianou, DDS, MClinDent(Pros), MPros RCS(Edin), MFDS RCS(Ed), Specialist in Prosthodontics, Specialty Registrar in Restorative Dentistry and Fiona Blair, BDS, LDS FDS(Rest) RCPS, MSc, DRD, MRD, Consultant and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, Birmingham Dental Hospital and University of Birmingham School of Dentistry, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK.

Objective: To provide the GDP with an understanding of periodontal disease pathogenesis and to highlight elements in the clinical assessment which will help to establish the diagnosis.

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