UW School of Dentistry


Introduction to Clinical Periodontics

Frank Roberts

1 Credit / Quarter 8 (Summer, Second Year)

Course Description

Clinical periodontics, with emphasis on examination, assessment and comprehensive treatment planning. This course is conducted in concert with Rest Dent 620 and Prosth 620. It is graded C/NC to provide a non-threatening environment for students in their early experience designing treatment plans.

Educational Objectives

The student will gain knowledge of the different periodontal diseases. The objectives will be for the student to be able to (1) conduct detailed periodontal examinations and assessments, (2) record findings in the chart, (3) design periodontal treatment plans in conjunction with other disciplines of dentistry and (4) begin necessary periodontal therapy with emphasis on oral hygiene instruction and subgingival debridement.

Course Outline

Lecture topics are given as part of Rest Dent 620. They include: influence of health history, and head and neck examination findings in treatment planning and actual therapy, design of periodontal therapy as part of a comprehensive and properly sequenced dental plan of care.

Course Expectations

To meet the requirements of this course successfully, the student must design the periodontal component of a comprehensive dental treatment plan in 2 patients.

Effective Winter Quarter 2007, completion of on-line course evaluation is a requirement of this course. Failure to comply will result in an “Incomplete” grade being assigned.

Competencies Addressed

  • UWSOD Competency 1: Examine a patient using contemporary diagnostic methods to evaluate the head and neck region and to reach a diagnosis of the patient’s oral and craniofacial health status.
  • UWSOD Competency 3: Formulate a comprehensive treatment plan based on diagnostic findings, then implement treatment in a safe, properly sequenced and timely manner.
  • UWSOD Competency 5: Recognize the limits of their expertise and seek consultation with other health care providers to facilitate patient care.
  • UWSOD Competency 14: Manage periodontal diseases.
  • UWSOD Competency 16: Manage diseases and conditions of the teeth.
  • UWSOD Competency 17: Manage replacement of teeth for the partially or completely edentulous patient.
  • UWSOD Competency 26: Evaluate the outcomes of treatment.


Clinical PERIODONTOLOGY by Newman, Takei, Klokkevold and Carranza, 10th ed. 2006

The Red Tape of Clinical Periodontics

*last updated: 11/7/2011