In many general dental practices, the dental hygienist relies on a standard set of instruments and typical scaling procedures with most patients. Some patients provide a challenge for treating certain areas of the mouth or accessing areas for appropriate instrumentation with this standard set up. The dental hygienist must apply knowledge of dental anatomy and instrument design for periodontal debridement. In addition, they must utilize the most appropriate instrument for the area to effectively and safely treat patients with both periodontal and special dental needs.

The purpose of this course is to broaden the horizons of the general practice dental hygienist in treating some of the special needs of patients by utilizing advanced instrumentation and /or instruments that are not typically in the general practice set up for initial or periodontal recall patient treatment.