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Palmer Dental Notation –All You Should Know About It

Have you ever wondered what your dentist is talking about when they call out comments to their nurse when they are checking your teeth? They are keeping a record of the changes and any possible treatment that may required to a particular tooth.

What is the palmer dental notation system?

Have you ever wondered what your dentist is talking about when they call out comments to their nurse when they are checking your teeth? They are keeping a record of the changes and any possible treatment that may required to a particular tooth. It is also called the military system and while it is considered by some to be outdated, it is still the most widely used of all of the systems that dentists use in many countries. They seem to think that if something is not broken there is no need to fix it. It helps them identify problems and have a written record of what is wrong and what needs to be done to rectify it.

It was once called the Zsigomondy system as it was a Hungarian named Adolf Zsigomondy who first thought to set up the plan in 1861. A cross was used identify the tooth and different symbols to indicate top or bottom teeth. It would be so easy for a dentist to make a mistake regarding treatment that was needed. As dental procedures have improved and there is a lot more that can be done to save teeth, it is vital that the tooth that needs treatment can be treated. Time can be saved as it will be possible for one dentist to pass on details to another much more quickly. It is in some ways the ideal system as it is easy to implement and does what it is supposed to do.

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How does the tooth naming system work?

The teeth are all numbered with the adult ones ranging from 1 -8. Children’s teeth where shown in a quadrant grid an they were labelled using roman numerals. This ranged from 1 through to V. Palmer considered that this could be too complicated so changed it to letters ranging from A – E. It was found that this was easier to understand and there were a lot fewer mistakes made. As this was going to double up, with the numbers and letters running from the middle of the mouth, there had to be a way to identify one number 1 from the other. A symbol was chosen – it looks like an L when written one way and a backward L when referring to teeth going the other way.

As the examination takes place, the dentist will call out a reference to each tooth they come to. A comment will be made about each one – sometimes to say that it is fine and at other times to make a note of the work that will have to be carried out.

 Why do we need a dental naming system?

As with most medical practices it helps if there is a system that is universally used as the more systems in place, the more complicated things can become. Dentists and nurses can move between practices and be fully conversant with the system that is being used from the day that they start there. Mistakes are less likely to be made, and it allows dentists to work on other issues rather than having to learn a range of systems that do not really need to exist.

Everyone who visits a dentist will be affected by the system and it is to the benefit of all that it works as well as possible. It is important that the right teeth are treated and this way the dentist is making it clear where the problems are. It will allow then to notice a pattern of problems if there is one and also let them pick up anything that seems strange and will let them plan ahead.

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How is the dental naming system used?

As with every other area of work, dentistry is becoming more and more computerized. There are concerns that when using windows based programs, and there needs to be help available to prevent the mistakes from being serious.

The good news is that it is easy to put this system into a computer when a word document is used. There are wider ranging uses as well, as it can also be used in software applications that are able to work with multiple fonts being used. In Windows XP, there is no need to use font creation software, as the figures required can be found in what is already available. It is also possible to email the results so that dentists in another part of the world can benefit from the knowledge that a colleague has.

There are some who will criticize it as not being perfect, but it is accepted that the best option will be to change things to iron out the problems rather than abandon it altogether and look to set up a totally new way of working. Anything that is computerized will always be at risk from viruses and other issues, but it is the perfect way of keeping records from one visit to the next.

 

Advantages of the system

The graphics that can be produced are second to none and many dentists claim that it is as good as being able to view a complete map of the mouth. It is designed in such a way that it will be possible to add to it that would be used to identify treatment that had been carried out in the past. The FDI system does not have the same advantage. It can not only help dentist with regards to work but can help coroner’s when they are struggling to identity a body. If the dentist has given a complete feedback, including the location of bridges, fillings, and gaps in the teeth, then it will help with identification. It will only work when there is an idea of the identification of the body as it will be their dentist who is contacted for information. As yet, there is not a large data base that allows the records of everyone to be accessed, so anyone who does not have a dentist or has not had check ups for a long time will be much harder to identify than a body where there is a full record available for use.

Katrina Ostrowicki
Katrina Ostrowicki
20:53 15 Nov 19
Very friendly, highly recommend! Very cool office and also the patients needs come first! I’m usually very nervous going to the dentist but they make it a good experience getting dental work done.
Susan Paul
Susan Paul
19:17 11 Nov 19
The best dental visit I ever had. I am one of those people who fear going to dentist and because of that I have ignored my teeth for a while (literally). But thank God, I found the best team of Dr. Bridget and the hygienist Angela. They both are so professional and excellent in their work. All the staff in the reception are also superbly competent and very friendly especially Juliet. The place is clean and hygienic in every way. I highly recommend this clinic to anyone for their dental care.S Paul
Zavier Lachica
Zavier Lachica
22:36 24 Oct 19
Most painless dental experience I’ve ever been too!!! Their bedside manner is 5 stars hands down!!! The staff, reception, hygienist and The Dentist were the best. I would recommend them to anyone and everyone!!!
T L
T L
18:00 18 Oct 19
I don’t write reviews but Kim definitely deserves one. With bad experiences at other places I didn’t go to the dentist for years but Kim reassured me I was in good hands. She was amazing and attentive from beginning to end. Without a doubt the most comfortable I’ve ever been at the dentist. I never thought I’d say this but I can’t wait until the next time I get my teeth cleaned!
MOHSSINE RHAZI
MOHSSINE RHAZI
22:18 07 Oct 19
I would like to extend my deepest thanks and pride for an excellent service I received today from the best staff Dr. Brigitte, Angela, Melissa, and Maria. I would recommend this office and its excellent staff to anyone Looking for an excellent dentist.God bless
Kunzal Ahmed
Kunzal Ahmed
15:28 17 Sep 19
They took care of me like I was their child 😭 Follow and everything! They’re so easy to talk to and theirs no judgment from them whatsoever! I can finally say I have found my dentist ❤️
Angelina Lewis
Angelina Lewis
12:58 17 Sep 19
I am so happy I found URBN Dental. In 27 years I had never been shown the correct way to floss. Crazy, I know! They have an outstanding attention to detail and making sure patients are provided with proper and accurate dental hygiene knowledge. Honestly the best cleaning I’ve ever had!!
Daniela Garza
Daniela Garza
19:33 09 Jul 19
Loved the service and the in-depth personalized advice they give you! The staff is great and very knowledgeable. The location and atmosphere is modern and state of the art! Loved it 👍
Elva Koehn
Elva Koehn
22:11 17 Jun 19
I went in after having procrastinated for years because of my dental phobia. From the moment I walked in to their office, I felt at ease. The dental assistant, hygienist and Dr. Bridget made me feel so at ease and explained everything they were doing, every step of the way. I’ve never had such a great dental experience, as I did today. Highly recommend.
Nijah Watson
Nijah Watson
21:52 31 May 19
Best dentist office visit ever! Not only are the staff charismatic, they are very knowledgeable too. They took the time to go over my X-rays with me and made sure I understood what everything was, down to the payment options. They did not rush my exam at all. There was no wait time from the moment I walked in the door to the moment my exam was completed. The office itself lives up to its name with the urban decor. It is also very clean. I would recommend anyone to come here if you're looking for competent, patient, and kind dentist and staff!
Eduardo Mora
Eduardo Mora
19:53 22 May 19
I went in today and they really made me feel comfortable. The staff was extremely friendly and you can tell they make customer service a priority. They made sure the music playing was to my liking and made sure I was comfortable in my chair. The dentist was very knowledgeable and explained the whole process to me in a way that I can understand. I don't like going to the dentist, I don't know anyone that does, but I am glad I went to URBN Dental and wold recommend it to anyone looking for a dentist.
Hilary Rochelle
Hilary Rochelle
20:52 08 May 19
I’m so impressed with Urban Dental. Went having sever pain. New patient! The staff and dentist were amazing . So warm and caring. I will continue coming here for all dental needs. Completely satisfied in every way .
Ryan Zhen
Ryan Zhen
22:28 07 May 19
Just a few days after a visit with Dr. Bridget and I already feel the positive effects on my dental hygiene. She gave helpful and practical tips to brushing and flossing to make my routine more enjoyable. Everyone at URBN Dental Uptown was attentive and courteous to my needs from handling the insurance/financials to ensuring a pain/mess-free cleaning and filling. Looking forward to returning with improved dental health!
Lemond Deleo
Lemond Deleo
20:08 29 Apr 19
The staff here is extremely friendly and professional. From the very beginning, the staff greeted me with kindness and respect. My paperwork was filled out within 15 minutes and afterwards, the dentist called me back almost immediately.So the wait time for my first appointment was basically non-existent. I’m not sure if it’s normally like this or if it’s just a coincidence. Regardless, it was very nice to see the staff and dentists in perfect sync with servicing the customers as quickly and efficiently as possible.My first appointment here was primarily because I had a painful sensation on the bottom right of my tooth. It turned out to be a cavity as I expected. The dentist explained the procedure for a filling and I agreed to go through with it on my next appointment. Thank you for an honest experience that resulted in me learning what the problem with my tooth was.
Jennifer Bell
Jennifer Bell
19:59 29 Apr 19
Very satisfied with my recent experience at this dentist. As a first time customer, I walked in with low expectations, since I find this mentality to be effective for softening the blow if it turns out to be a disappointing service.Well, it turned out to be above average service from the staff at the front desk and the dentists themselves. They are all very professional and the dentists working here are patient when it comes to answering questions. I felt fully fulfilled after leaving the dental office. I’ll definireky be back.
Julia Bleck
Julia Bleck
14:21 05 Apr 19
I've never been to a more thorough and comprehensive dental appointment as the one at URBN Dental! They went over all of the photos and x-rays with me in detail to help explain all of the issues I had, and it's the first time I fully feel like I understand why I need to floss more consistently. They taught me how to properly floss and brush, and I even got a new electric toothbrush with my appointment. Would definitely recommend.
Rachel Richardson
Rachel Richardson
17:30 26 Mar 19
I was immediately greeted by friendly faces when i came in! Online scheduling and patient paperwork made it so easy to get an appointment with no waiting to go back to the room. Every person of staff from front desk, hygienist to dentist introduced themselves to me and took the time to explain everything they were doing. I’ve never had a dentist actually sit down and explain the biology behind flossing, bone health, nerve health etc. it was great to feel like I was being taken care of by true professionals. They were also very explanatory of exactly what my insurance covered and the cost breakout of all of my services. I would recommend this office to any of my friends and family.
Margarita Muro
Margarita Muro
01:28 21 Feb 19
The URBN Dental office is very beautiful! It is modern with natural wood and emerald green elements. I went in for my regular cleaning and exam after looking up 5+ dental offices in the area. I recently moved to uptown and am extremely happy to have found URBN Dental. The Hygienist, Angela, did not only give my advice in regards to my dental hygiene techniques, she educated me which made me more eager to go home and carry out my new routine. Dr. Bridget was very kind, answered all my questions, and gave me a great referral for my wisdom teeth extractions. I will be returning for all of my preventative and general dental needs!
Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including:Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works).They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude.GREAT aftercare package.
Ji H Oh
Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
Joshua Parra
Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
From start to finish great experience. Impeccably clean office, high tech tools, & friendly staff. Went to get my top teeth contoured/shaped. They did a Hollywood star job! I now, have a flawless smile. I even went back the next day for a touch-up on one tooth & they took care of it, graciously. If you want quality cosmetic dentistry inside the loop; look no further. These folks are the best in class.
Death Morgulis
Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
Allie Hackett
Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit! They provided super helpful insight about what was going on with my teeth and took care of everything I needed quickly. I will absolutely be returning! 🙂
Andrea Andrea
Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
Nonna Beetge
Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
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I can honestly say I had the best experience at URBN Dental. I am new in town and had a emergency. The staff was able to get me in asap and took very good care of me. Everyone worked as a team to ensure that all my needs were meet. I felt important! I was treated as if I was the only patient in the office. I found my Dental home!

The staff here is extremely friendly and professional. From the very beginning, the staff greeted me with kindness and respect. My paperwork was filled out within 15 minutes and afterwards, the dentist called me back almost immediately.

Very knowledgeable and informative, explaining all your x-ray and imagery and in creating a course of treatment. The staff is friendly and definitely concerned with their patients. Comfortable environment.

I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit!

Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I’ve had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white.

They were very prompt and professional. I felt very comfortable in the visit. They have good exam specials without any hidden fees. I have found me a permanent dentist office. Thanks URBN staff.

URBN Dental provided great service and they were all so nice. They did a great job communicating with me and i would recommend to all.

I had a root canal and a crown done here, the entire process took about an hour. Will be back in 2 weeks for my final crown! Great doctor, great staff.


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