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  • Dental
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Hygienists
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Veronica Powers, DMD
Item#: L0744
Contents: 1 Course Book (30 pages)
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Radiologic Assessment of the Periodontal Patient

Price $29.95
Item # L0744
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Release Date: May 6, 2016

Expiration Date: May 5, 2019


Periodontal diseases are mainly the result of infections and inflammation of the gums and bone that sur-round and support the teeth. The prevalence of periodontitis in the United States is extensive. Forty-seven percent of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease.

Proper diagnosis is critical to effective periodontal treatment. This intermediate-level course reviews the importance of radiographic evaluation in the diagnosis of periodontal disease and outlines the types of radiographs that are needed as adjuncts to a clinical examination. The course outlines the benefits and limitations of conventional radiographs and discusses cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) as a potential tool to overcome those limitations.

Because implant placement is now a routine aspect of periodontal practice, radiographic assessment of implant sites is discussed. Dentists and surgeons rely on radiographs to determine appropriate implant sites and to ensure proper implant placement. CBCT is introduced as a necessary tool in implant placement planning, in creating surgical guides, and as an aid in diagnosing periimplantitis. This course is appropriate for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants.

AGD Subject Code: 495
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits


Course Objectives

  • Discuss the radiographs and radiographic methods used in the periodontal evaluation.
  • List the anatomical structures captured in radiographs that help to identify bone loss associated with periodontal disease.
  • Describe how cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) improves upon the limitations of conventional radiographs.
  • Recognize how current radiographic practices, including CBCT, aid in implant-associated treatments.


Veronica Powers, DMD, received a BS degree from Providence College and a DMD degree from the Oregon Health & Science University. After working as a general dentist, Dr. Powers became the lead dentist for Phoenix House Foundation in Brooklyn, New York, where she provides comprehensive treatment for the residents of a rehabilitation facility. In this capacity she performs surgical and simple extractions and root canals, and places crowns, bridges, and removable prosthodontics. She created the protocol for the day-to-day management of the clinic, and is especially adept in the treatment of anxious patients. She has provided volunteer dentistry in India and in Chiapas, Mexico, and has worked with the American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile program in the United States.


  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.