As in any dental treatment procedure, a thorough patient assessment is a prerequisite for adequate treatment planning, including dental implant therapy. Problems encountered during or following treatment can often be traced to errors and omissions during history-taking and initial examination.
An inexperienced clinician may plunge into the treatment phase before collecting sufficient diagnostic information to help predict likely pitfalls. An examination consists of the clinician's use of sight, touch, and hearing to detect conditions outside the normal range.
Sometimes it is advantageous to involve one or more medical or dental specialists in the evaluation process. A systematic approach should be developed and followed. This module focuses on the extraoral examination of patients.
After completing this ITI Academy Module, you should be able to…
perform a craniomandibular assessment and outline its relevance to dental treatment
perform a facial assessment and outline its relevance to dental treatment
perform a dentolabial analysis and outline its relevance to dental treatment