Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Dental chart

Contributor(s): Jan Bellows, David Crossley, Alex Smithson

Introduction

Charting of all abnormalities and procedures is a routine part of any dental or oral treatment. The chart provides a full, clear and succinct record of the state of the teeth and oral tissues. It should, however, be noted that information pertaining to the subgingival anatomy, and thus much pathology, require radiography for initial or full detection.

  • Uses of dental charts include:
    • Education of colleagues and clients.
    • Efficient monitoring and references tool for clinicians.
    • Monitoring and reference tool for referred cases.
    • To accompany samples for histopathology.
    • Medicolegal document.
  • The chosen chart type should allow easy and clear addition of details regarding abnormalities to be indicated as both abbreviations and in diagrammatic form. This requires adequate space and the inclusion of open mouth ('occlusal view') and lateral views of left and right maxilla and mandible. This allows addition of detail regarding occlusal (biting), buccal (lateral/cheek-facing), lingual (tongue-facing) and palatal (plate-facing) surfaces. The addition of a rostral view assists addition of detail regarding labial (lip-facing) surfaces and the occlusion, ie relationship between lower and upper jaws and their teeth, especially important for canine teeth.

Tooth identification

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Periodontal indices

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Trauma

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Other lesions/abnormalities

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Treatment and uses

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