2018 AAP Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases – Aligning the Dental Hygiene Diagnosis

Marianne Dryer, RDH, MEd


Time: 8:00 am - 11:30 am Code: T09 Cost: $20/$35 after Sept. 29 Date: Thursday, Oct. 27

CE Credits:  3 Hour Lecture  |  Subject: Periodontal/Peri-Implant Diseases |  Recommended for: Dentists, Hygienists

The updated AAP classification system created in 2017 represents a multi-dimensional staging and grading framework for periodontitis and implant disease status. This course will examine the concepts of staging and grading to classify each patient by complexity of case management, the likelihood of less predictable response to therapy, and potential for periodontitis development. Diagnosing, treatment planning, and executing appropriate and necessary periodontal therapies will be reviewed utilizing case presentations and group activities. A hallmark feature of the updated system brings opportunities for more case-specific patient care. The need for calibration and clinician alignment with the new classification system will be discussed along with narrative examples for documentation recommendations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the historical timeline and evolution of the AAP Classification System.
  • Discuss the new staging/grading system for periodontal disease and how it will benefit patient care and management.
  • Create treatment modalities that are evidence-based protocols for specific types of periodontal diseases according to the new classification system.
  • Identify patients who may benefit from adjunctive strategies of disease management and overall health surveillance based on the updated classifications.
  • Develop individualized homecare regimens utilizing staging and grading to motivate and encourage patients to improve their oral health.

About the Speaker:

Marianne Dryer is a dynamic speaker, educator, and corporate consultant in curriculum development. She has lectured nationally and internationally on periodontal instrumentation with a focus on ultrasonic technique, risk assessment, infection prevention, and radiology technique. She is a graduate of Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists, Old Dominion University, and received her Master’s in Education from St Joseph’s College of Maine. Marianne was the first-year coordinator at Collin College in Dallas Texas for six years where she was selected for the Outstanding Faculty Award and was nominated for the Advisor of the Year. She has been a faculty member at Cape Cod Community College since 2007, and Program Director since 2019. Marianne is also a Periodontal Instrumentation Instructor for DH Methods of Education, Inc., an educational program for dental and dental hygiene faculty.  Financial Relationship – none reported.

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