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Ramifications of an inadequate periodontal diagnosis lead to diseased patients, financially unproductive practices and of greatest concern: legal action via negligence. Failure to diagnose periodontal disease is consistently a top complaint filed with state dental boards. The first step in treating and managing a patient’s care (with maximum insurance reimbursement) is diagnosing disease accurately, ethically, and comprehensively.

As diagnostics continually evolve, dental providers are encouraged to put down the scaler and pick up the probe. Active and appropriate diagnosis leads to comprehensive and effective therapy. This course walks you through the nine classifications of health and disease as established by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), as well as effective clinical decision-making in the management of each diagnosis.

The struggle for appropriate diagnostics to maximize insurance coverage remains a common stress in the dental office. Learn effective coding techniques to best enable insurance coverage.

Review anatomical and clinical observations that aid in the identification of active disease, as well as the system for case types and classifying diseases. Gain guidance in coding, narrative suggestions for informed refusal and templates for appeals to support advanced coverage by third-party payers.

  • Review clinical parameters involved in distinguishing periodontal classifications, including contrasting terms of gingival disease and periodontitis
  • Discuss the paradigm shift within the nonsurgical approach to periodontal therapy
  • List, describe, and differentiate the various periodontal diseases
  • Analyze effective protocols for implementing diagnostic, preventive and periodontal codes
  • Explore future trends of periodontal classification as discussed by the American Academy of Periodontology

Ms. Katrina Sanders is a clinical dental hygienist, author and international speaker. She is the Clinical Liaison, Hygiene Excellence and Innovation for AZPerio, the country's largest periodontal practice. She is on the advisory board and is a columnist for ModernHygienist.com and is a writer for Dentaltown Magazine and Today's Hygienist. In addition, Ms. Sanders is the founder and keynote speaker for Sanders Board Preparatory.

Continental breakfast will be provided.

Friday, March 10, 2023

8:00am - 12:00pm 

$125 MDDS Member 
$125 MDDS Member Staff 
$139 Non-MDDS Member
$139 Non-MDDS Member Staff 

CE Credits: 4

Format: Lecture

Cancellation Deadline: March 3, 2023

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations will be accepted and are entitled to a refund provided they are received at MDDS by the cancellation deadline of each course. Refunds will not be made for cancellations after the cancellation deadline.

MWDI Parking Information
For your convenience, we have free parking in two retail garages within the Beauvallon building (east-facing side). Both garages are accessed from Lincoln Street between 9th and 10th Avenues. Parking in these garages is available on a first-come, first served basis. ** If you are attending a large course/event at the MWDI, we recommend arriving early in case the garages fill and alternative parking must be secured. Be aware – The garages come up quickly after you cross 9th Avenue and both have left lane entrances. All numbered spaces within both retail parking garages (without “Reserved” signs) are available on a first-come, first served basis. Do not park in any spaces marked “Matrix” or “KCNC.” Do not park in the residential parking. Residential garages are at the back of the retail garages. The north and south garages are not connected. Both have open parking available. Click here for more information.