A clinically validated, computer-based tool for the calculation of periodontal disease risk has become commercially available. In addition to risk analysis, the tool provides the general dentist, periodontist or orthodontist with an individualised description of disease severity and extent, rendered textually and as a numeric score in easy to understand clinical and patient reports. The tool utilises less data than collected during a standard periodontal examination, is easy and inexpensive to use, and the reports generated by the system are well received by patients. Evidence-based therapeutic recommendations are offered to the clinician for consideration in treatment planning, determined by current or changing risk and severity scoring. The widespread use of the tool has broad implications for stakeholders in oral health care. This commentary examines the reported effects of the use of the system, and conjectures on possible future effects resulting from system usage.
Keywords: PreViser, risk calculator