Kenneth Kornman, DDS, PhD
CE Credits: 3
Dental practices have changed dramatically because our patients and their oral diseases have changed. The majority of patients who seek regular dental exams and preventive care have minimal treatment needs, and 18 to 29% of individuals with good dental insurance do not see the dentist except for emergency needs. From 1965 to 1985, new information allowed periodontists, dentists and hygienists to predictably control periodontitis in the majority of patients. Today, approximately 20% of patients who see the dentist regularly have complex cases with multiple medical considerations and often have the need for interdisciplinary care. These individuals have the greatest need for periodontal and restorative care, yet also may be the most challenging cases. This lecture will discuss primary changes occurring in dentistry and how we may start preparing.
- Describe two ways dental practices have changed in recent years that have/will change your practice.
- Describe how to identify periodontitis patients that are likely to respond predictably to standard principles for treating periodontitis.
- Describe three ways that medical advances are and will be influencing dentistry.