An article written by Crowe, Cresswell et al. states a case study is a research approach that is used to generate an in-depth, multi-faceted understanding of a complex issue in its real-life context.1 Periodontal disease fits this definition because it is a complex issue with real-life context. Personally, case study presentations have been a huge benefit in establishing my approach to periodontal therapy. What I learned in school is that the one size fits all approach should work, however I’ve found that it doesn’t always work in practice. Reviewing case studies in journals and continuing education courses has provided a path to explore other modes of therapy. Some show great success, and others make me continue to search for additional case studies.
Sharing what worked and what didn’t work is important. Several OralDNA® providers have contributed to the Case Studies section at www.oraldna.com. Please consider contributing a case study of your own. Sharing your successes and occasional failures can be an inspiration to others. View the video above to see how simple it is to share a case study.