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Dental Hygiene

Charting

03/14/2008

Question:

Is it considered diagnosing when a hygienist charts more than existing restorative. for example cracks, chips abfractions, erosion?

Answer:

It is the dental hygienist's job to chart existing restorations and anything they see that may need attention. It is their responsibility to review their findings with the dentist, and the dentist does the diagnosing of restorative needs.

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Response by:

Michele P Carr, RDH,  MA Michele P Carr, RDH, MA
Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene
Associate Professor of HS Nursing Quality & Research
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University