This classification is for patients who do not
require dental treatment or reevaluation within 12
months. Class 1 patients must meet these conditions:
No dental caries or defective restorations.
Arrested caries for which treatment is not
Healthy periodontium, no bleeding on probing;
oral prophylaxis not indicated.
Replacement of missing teeth not indicated.
Unerupted, partially erupted, or malposed teeth
that are without historical, clinical, or
radiographic signs or symptoms of pathosis and
are not recommended for prophylactic
Absence of temporomandibular disorders;
Class 2 is the classification for patients who have
oral conditions that the examining dentist feels if not
treated or followed up, have the potential but are not
expected to result in dental emergencies within 12
Class 3 is the classification for patients who have
oral conditions that the examining dentist expects will
result in dental emergencies within 12 months if not
treated. Patients should be placed in class 3 when there
are questions in determining classification between
class 2 and class 3.
Class 4 is the classification for patients who
require a dental examination. This includes patients
who require annual or other required dental
examinations and patients whose dental classifications
DESIGNATIONS, CHARTING, AND
The designations and abbreviations are to be used
when making entries in a patient's EZ603 or EZ603A
(dental continuation sheet). The names of permanent
and deciduous teeth and numbers that correspond with
them have been discussed in Dental Technician,
Volume 1, chapter 4.
The following designation of tooth surfaces are
used to record pathologic conditions and subsequent
restoration of teeth:
Facial (labial and buccal)
Combinations of the designations must be used to
identify and locate caries, and to record treatment
plans, operations, or restorations in the teeth involved;
for example, 8-MID would refer to the mesial, incisal,
and distal aspects of a right maxillary central incisor;
22-DF, the distal and facial aspects of a left mandibular
cuspid; and 30-MODF, the mesial, occlusal, distal, and
facial aspects of a right mandibular first molar.
As a Dental Technician, a large portion of your
time during an examination involves recording
existing restorations and current diseases and
abnormalities in the patients dental records. You must
fully understand how and where to record this
information. Dental chart markings have been
standardized so the original dental condition, diseases
and abnormalities (treatment needed), and treatments
completed may be identified. This assists in efficient
continuity of treatment and may establish
identification in certain circumstances.
STANDARD ABBREVIATIONS AND
The use of standard abbreviations and acronyms is
not mandatory, but it is desirable for expediency.
Dental forms used to record dental treatment have
limited amounts of space to write on. Use only
abbreviations and acronyms that will not be
misinterpreted. When you record treatment, ensure
you correctly spell all terms. Well known medical and
scientific signs and symbols such as: Rx (prescription),