Factors affecting decision making at reassessment of periodontitis. Part 1: history and examination at reassessment


Periodontal therapy aims to arrest the disease while maintaining function and aesthetics. Reassessment allows an opportunity to assess the periodontal status and need for further treatment. This is distinct from initial assessment in that the patient's response to initial therapy will be apparent and many treatment options other than non-surgical therapy require consideration. This series of papers outlines the processes to undergo at periodontal reassessment in order to assess viable treatment options and decide on a plan. This first article focuses on the information that should be gathered at the reassessment appointment in order to allow a full view of a case to aid decision-making. Subsequent papers in this series discuss the systemic and local factors that can account for residual probing depths, assessment of prognosis and treatment planning. Reassessment should be undertaken in a detailed manner to establish the reasons for any residual periodontal probing depths which will lead to the appropriate treatment option.

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Kalsi, A., Bomfim, D. & Hussain, Z. Factors affecting decision making at reassessment of periodontitis. Part 1: history and examination at reassessment. Br Dent J 227, 673–680 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-019-0850-1

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