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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-44

Referral to a periodontist by a general dentist: An understanding of the referral process

Division of Periodontics, College of Dentistry, Jazan University, Jizan, Saudi Arabia

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Ashok Kumar Bhati
Division of Periodontics, College of Dentistry, Jazan University, Jizan
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2348-2915.180120

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Periodontal disease is one of the most common health care problems. The type of treatment of periodontal disease depends on the diagnosis. The treatment plan should also focus on managing the risk factors and modifying factors which affect the periodontal disease and treatment. The evidence-based advancements have given a success predictability level to the periodontal diagnosis and treatment plan. The level of specialty education is limited in the curriculum for undergraduates. Patients should receive the same quality of treatment whether administered by a specialist or general practitioner. Therefore, general dentists need to be well informed about how to make timely and appropriate referrals to periodontists when necessary. An online literature search was done through PubMed, PMC, and open access journals to understand the referral process. Articles pertaining to referral process were selected. Based on the search, it was found that knowledge of elements of the referral process, conditions (general and periodontal) requiring referral, and selection of periodontist are important aspects of the referral process. This short communication will help the general dentist to understand the referral process that will enable them to provide the timely periodontal referral and treatment to the patients.

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