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DHYG 1914

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Credit Hours 2
Course Title Periodontics For The Dental Hygienist
Prerequisite(s) DHYG 1901 and DHYG 191, each with a “C” or better
Corequisite(s) DHYG 1904, DHYG 1930 and DHYG 1915
Catalog Description
This course is designed to provide the dental hygienist with knowledge of periodontal disease in the overall health of patients with special emphasis on the inflammatory response as it relates to periodontal disease; the histopathogenesis, etiologies, classification and treatments of the disease; the role of chemotherapeutics and pain management techniques in the treatment of periodontal disease; and the role of the dental hygienist in early detection and recognition of the disease process and it relationship to overall health.

Expected Educational Results
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Discuss the inflammatory response seen in periodontal disease.
  2. Distinguish the clinical and histological differences between periodontium in health and the different stages of disease.
  3. Describe the stages of development and composition of supragingival and subgingival plaque.
  4. Discuss the role of local and systemic modifying factors in the development of periodontal disease.
  5. Identify and discuss the signs, symptoms and treatments of the following diseases: plaque-induced gingival diseases, non-plaque-induced gingival lesions, chronic periodontitis, aggressive periodontitis, periodontitis as a manifestation of systemic disease, necrotizing periodontal diseases, abscesses of the periodontium, periodontitis associated with endodontic lesions, and developmental or acquired deformities and conditions.
  6. Discuss and demonstrate treatment planning for patient care of the periodontal involved patient.
  7. Identify and describe various procedures and surgical techniques used in the treatment of periodontal disease.
  8. Identify and describe the role of chemotherapeutic agents and pain management techniques available in the treatment of periodontal disease.
  9. Identify the dental hygienist’s role in the early detection, recognition and oral risk assessment of periodontal disease and its relationship to the patient’s overall health and wellbeing.
General Education Outcomes
  1. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications by requiring students to communicate professionally while using correct terminology.
  2. This course addresses the general education outcome regarding problem-solving and critical thinking skills by students with patient case scenarios for which they must propose solutions. Students will be required to determine the patient’s problem (s) and translate these into its diagnosis and corrective dental hygiene actions
  3. This course addresses the general education outcome of application of scientific inquiry by requiring students to synthesize hypothetical data regarding aspects of patient information into significant patient treatment data.
  4. This course addresses the general education outcome regarding basic concepts of wellness by encouraging students to grasp the wellness concepts which are promoted to their patients.
  5. Applies the knowledge of personal, societal, and cultural development in a culturally diverse environment.
Course Content
  1. The inflammatory process with emphasis on:
    1. Acute and chronic
    2. Pathogenesis and histopathology
    3. Clinical changes
    4. Regeneration and repair
  2. Periodontal Disease with emphasis on:
    1. Basic anatomy and tissues of the periodontium
    2. Inflammatory response in periodontal disease
    3. Clinical and histological changes seen in periodontal disease
    4. Etiology of periodontal disease
    5. Gingival diseases and their treatments
    6. Periodontal diseases and their treatments
  3. Chemotherapeutics and Pain Management techniques.
  4. Surgical and Non-surgical techniques available in the treatment of periodontal disease.
  5. Role of the dental hygienist in the treatment of periodontal disease.
  6. Treatment planning for the periodontal involved patient.
  7. Oral risk assessment of periodontal disease and treatment.
Assessment of Outcome Objectives
The final course grade will be established by the course instructor and will involve a various evaluation methods, and will include a final examination. Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the course syllabus.

The dental hygiene department maintains full accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation; additionally by reporting students' pass rates for state/regional/national licensing exams, the department will be able to assess the effectiveness of this course as well as the whole curriculum.

The faculty function as the curriculum committee, along with science department faculty, and, as necessary, faculty from other departments are used to assist in periodic reviews of the curriculum. The department also articulates with a Department Advisory Committee, composed of members from the practicing dental and dental hygiene community, to maintain a current picture of the needs of current graduates/practitioners.

Last Revised: Aug. 16, 2011
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