Comprehensive Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-01-10
  • Publisher: Pearson

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The trusted guide to clinical periodontics.


Comprehensive Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist, 4/e provides concise coverage of the foundations of periodontics. This text is a helpful introduction for dental hygiene students and a valuable resource for practicing hygienists. Coverage includes the clinical aspects of periodontics, including surgical and nonsurgical procedures, and presents material in a clear and accessible format. Anchored in evidence-based learning, chapters provide simple explanations of many of the complexities of the dental disease process and provide clear links to practical aspects of therapy.


Teaching and Learning Experience


This text offers a clear and accessible introduction to periodontics. It provides:

  • Clear links between theory and practice: Discussions and textbook features help readers connect chapter material to real applications.
  • Preparation for national board exams: Resources follow the content and format of national board exams.
  • Effective learning resources: Numerous references and review tools helps students truly master chapter material.

Table of Contents

PART I—Periodontal Diseases: Introduction and Background

 1         Anatomy of the Periodontal Structures: The Healthy State    

 2         Epidemiology of Periodontal Diseases


PART II—Periodontal Diseases: Etiology

 3         Dental Biofilm: Microbiology of the Periodontium in Health and Disease    

 4         Bacterial and the Host Response: Inflammatory and Immunology Fundamentals    

 5         Local Contributory Factors for Periodontal Diseases    

 6         The Oral-Systemic Disease Connection 


PART III—Periodontal Diseases: Classification   

 7         Gingival Diseases    

 8         Periodontitis and Other Periodontal Conditions    

 9         Necrotizing Periodontal Diseases     

10        Occlusal Trauma    

11        Acute Periodontal Conditions


PART IV—Periodontal Diseases: The Assessment Phase           

12        Dental Hygiene Process of Care for the Patient with Periodontal Disease    

13        Patient History    

14        Clinical Examination: Extraoral/Intraoral Examination and Dental Evaluation  

15        Clinical Examination: Gingival Assessment    

16        Clinical Examination: Periodontal Assessment    

17        Radiographic Assessment    

18        Advances in Diagnostic Testing for Periodontal Diseases   


PART V—Periodontal Diseases: Treatment Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation Phase

19        Problem and Evidence-Based Treatment Planning    

20        Oral Hygiene for the Periodontal Patient: Beyond the Basics    

21        Nonsurgical Periodontal Therapy

22        Periodontal Maintenance Therapy

23        Topical Drug Delivery Systems

24        Systemic and Local Drug Delivery Systems: Systemic Antibiotics, Local Drug Devices, and Enzyme Suppression Therapy    

25        Principles of Periodontal Surgery: Gingivectomy, Osseous Resection, and Periodontal Plastic Surgery    

26        Principles of Periodontal Surgery: Periodontal Regeneration    

27        Implantology  



28        Case Studies  



A         Periodontal Information Resources   

B         Reading the Literature    

C         Antibiotic Prophylaxis    

D         Smoking Cessation

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