Perio Chart

The Perio Chart is used to record measurements of periodontal exams.

See also: Webinar: Perio Chart

In the Chart Module, click Perio Chart.

Exams: Up to six of the most recent exams can show for easy comparison. Data from prior exams shows in gray. Current exam data shows in dark text. Probing depths show for all exams. For other measurements only the most recent data shows.


Auto Advance: Open Dental auto advances starting on the patient's right and going left. It follows this path: 1-16 buccal, 16-1 lingual, 32-17 buccal, 17-32 lingual.


Ging Marg+: If the gingival margin is coronal to the CEJ, this can be recorded as having a +1 or +2 by checking this box.

Triplets: The triplet option is handy for entering lots of plaque, calculus, gingival margins, or any other measurements that tend to be the same for the entire tooth. When in triplet mode, the backspace key deletes three at a time and editing an existing entry will overwrite three at a time, so be careful to turn it off when done.

Calc Index %: Click to recalculate the four index percentages. Typically there are 6 sites per tooth and 32 teeth, for a total of 192 possible sites. Example: If you have 19 of the 192 sites marked as bleeding, the bleeding index is 10%. Teeth marked skipped are not considered available and are excluded from the calculation.

Numbers in Red: Flag measurements in the grid with red text when greater than or less than a certain value.


Skip Teeth: Select teeth to mark as skipped when perio charting.

Graphical: Open graphical view of chart.

Save to Images: Save the current perio chart to the Images module, Tooth Charts folder, named by date.

Print: Print the perio chart as it appears on the screen.

Setup

Missing/Skipped Teeth: Set default options for how to handle missing teeth in Chart Module Preferences.

These two preferences work together, so if implants are treated as missing, and missing teeth are always skipped, the implants will be skipped.

Other details:


Troubleshooting

Prior to version 16.1, only the initial perio exam automatically skips teeth marked missing. Subsequent exams only copy the skipped teeth from the most recent perio exam. If extracted later, missing teeth have to be manually selected and marked as SkipTeeth.

Extra Teeth: There can be some complex situations with extra teeth. This can happen with supernumerary teeth and retained deciduous teeth. If there is no way to enter this information into the existing boxes, notes can be made about specific sites in the Progress Notes.