Getting it Straight: Chapter 3 Orthodontic Records

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Part 1: Provides clinicians, dental hygienists and dental assistants with a guide to creating accurate dental models, as part of their patients’ diagnostic records. The program has been designed to consider the advantages and disadvantages for the various methods of obtaining dental models, including: Impressions, Intra-oral Scanning and Cone Beam CT’s. In addition, the legal ramifications of inadequate diagnostic records are included.

Part 2: Offers clinicians, dental hygienists and dental assistants various photographic techniques to take consistently accurate views as part of their patients’ diagnostic records. The course provides an overview of the basic photographic equipment required for recording extra-oral and intra-oral views. Clear and concise step-by-step instructions together with appropriate images are presented for obtaining the best possible photographic results. In addition, the legal ramifications of inadequate diagnostic records are included.

Part 3: Provides clinicians, dental hygienists and dental assistants with information regarding radiographic images of the dental and skeletal structures, as part of their patients’ diagnostic records. The program highlights common radiographic formats including panorex, lateral cephalogram and posterior-anterior cephalogram, in addition to CBCT scans. Topics covered include guidelines, indications, technique, evaluation and limitations. In addition, the legal ramifications of inadequate diagnostic records are outlined.

Author: Dr. Jeff Berger

CE Units: 6