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Int Dent J. 1994 Oct;44(5 Suppl 1):547-52.

CPITN as a basic periodontal examination in dental practice.

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  • 1Dental Faculty, University of Oslo, Norway.


Diagnosis of a disease or condition in an individual may be defined as a conclusion which is reached following an evaluation of clinical, radiographic, laboratory and anamnestic information obtained by examination. No index designed for epidemiological purposes can be substituted for the careful process of reaching a diagnosis in an individual. However, in spite of arguments against its validity in this respect, CPITN has been suggested as a simple and quick screening tool for use in general dental practice. Several studies support this notion and that CPITN may assist in: assessing the goals for treatment, estimating the time and cost requirements, evaluating the results, and being useful in communication between dentists, specialists and auxiliary personnel. Modifications of CPITN for use with individuals have been launched in several countries which dentists and periodontists find useful and acceptable.

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