Periodontal Probes: An Overview of History, Evolution and Clinical Technique

by Lorraine Frey, RDH, LDH, BAS, Periodontal Probes: An Overview of History, Evolution and Clinical Technique
Speaker: by Lorraine Frey, RDH, LDH, BAS
Category: Periodontics
CE Credits: 1.5
Format: PDF
New technology has transformed the practice of modern dentistry over the past few decades. Digital radiography, lasers, improved materials for enhanced aesthetics, magnification loupes with illuminat...more
  • Released: 7/1/2013
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2022
  • Review Date: 6/30/2019
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This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 1.5 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.

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New technology has transformed the practice of modern dentistry over the past few decades. Digital radiography, lasers, improved materials for enhanced aesthetics, magnification loupes with illumination and computerized systems that now provide for a "paperless" practice are just some of the many examples of how dentistry has evolved. However, the method for obtaining periodontal health data has largely remained unchanged over these same decades. To date, the periodontal probe is still the most relied upon instrument utilized for obtaining the information necessary to make an accurate and comprehensive diagnosis with regard to periodontal health status.

Description of Speaker:
Lorraine Frey, RDH, LDH, BAS, is a Registered Dental Hygienist and Myofunctional Therapist, providing myofunctional therapy services in Chicago and Northern Indiana. Her extensive background in the dental field encompasses 30 years of clinical practice in periodontal, general, and pediatric private practice settings. Lorraine attended Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, Illinois for dental hygiene and earned her bachelor’s in dental hygiene from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. Additionally, she has completed post-graduate study with the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy on the campus of UCSD and Northwestern University, as well as internships with the Academy in Los Angeles, California.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to achieve the following:
  • Recognize the value of the periodontal probe for diagnosis.
  • List the five generations of periodontal probe development.
  • Describe the clinical features the periodontal probe is used to measure.
  • Describe the col area anatomy and correct probing angles in this area.
  • List the factors that contribute to accurate probing measurements.

Disclaimer: The author declares that neither she nor any member of her family has a financial arrangement or affiliation with any corporate organization offering financial support or grant monies for this continuing education program. Although commercially available products are discussed, no financial arrangements exist between the manufacturers and the author.

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