Unlocking the Benefits: The Crucial Role of Complete Periodontal Charting in Dental Practice

Blog post by Valerie Hill, FAADOM

Periodontal health is a cornerstone of overall oral well-being, and comprehensive periodontal charting plays a pivotal role in maintaining and improving it. Dental professionals know that thorough periodontal charting contributes to optimal patient care and has significant implications for insurance reimbursement. This article discusses the importance of complete periodontal charting, exploring its impact on patient health, financial aspects within dental practices, and the effects on the dental team.

The American Dental Association recommends that probing six points circumferentially around every tooth is recommended every year. A complete periodontal exam includes pocket depth, bleeding points, gum recession, suppuration, and mobility. There are three main health benefits for patients:

  1. The early detection of periodontal disease leads to early intervention, which is crucial in preventing the progression of the disease and ultimately preserving the patient’s oral health.
  2. Complete periodontal charting allows practitioners to develop targeted treatment plans based on individual patient needs for optimal outcomes.
  3. Regular, complete periodontal charting enables tracking changes in a patient’s periodontal health over time, leading to proactive management of a patient’s periodontal disease.

Comprehensive periodontal charting improves patient experience and fosters trust and loyalty.

Complete periodontal charting also allows for better insurance reimbursement. Accurate and detailed records support the justification of procedures and services provided, increasing the likelihood of successful reimbursement. Proper coding based on clinical findings from periodontal charting ensures that insurance claims reflect the complexity and specificity of the services rendered, minimizing the risk of claim denials and maximizing revenue. Thorough documentation demonstrates the quality and depth of care, justifying fair dental service compensation. Thorough charting practices optimize financial performance and ensure sustainable growth.

Periodontal charting is a vital conduit for communication and collaboration within dental practices.

The detailed records generated through comprehensive charting provide a common language that facilitates the seamless sharing of pertinent patient information across different departments and specialties. This data exchange enables practitioners to holistically understand each patient’s periodontal health, facilitating collaborative decision-making and treatment planning. Moreover, effective communication supported by thorough charting promotes a culture of teamwork and mutual support within the practice, as team members work together towards common goals of improving patient outcomes and satisfaction. Patients benefit from this collaborative approach, experiencing streamlined care pathways and enhanced continuity of treatment, which ultimately contributes to a positive overall experience within the dental practice.

In conclusion, periodontal charting plays a pivotal role in shaping the success and sustainability of dental practices. Beyond its importance in patient care, complete charting influences various aspects of practice operations, from diagnostic precision and risk management to financial viability and patient retention. By recognizing the multifaceted impact of periodontal charting and implementing robust charting practices, dental practices can optimize efficiency, enhance patient outcomes, and position themselves for long-term success in a competitive healthcare landscape.


Chart often, chart completely!


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About the Author

Photo of Valerie Hallman-HillValerie Hallman-Hill grew up in North Carolina and attended North Carolina State University. She began her journey in the dental field in 2004 as an assistant and later transitioned to the administrative side of the office.  Valerie received her FAADOM in 2022. She currently serves on the board of her local study club in AADOM’s Dental Professional Learning Network.  In her off time, she is an avid runner and enjoys spending time with her family.








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