Evaluation of Oral Soft Tissue Lesions: A Practical Approach
- Which lesions may be diagnosed clinically and how?
- How long should one “watch” a lesion?
- Which lesions should be assessed immediately/referred?
- Indications for biopsy and different types of biopsy techniques.
- When and how to use adjunct diagnostic procedures to screen red/white lesions.
- How to treat commonly occurring conditions: traumatic ulcers, canker sores, fever blisters, pyogenic granulomas, ANUG, thrush, angular cheilitis, hairy tongue, symptomatic geographic tongue, etc.
- Role of dentist in diagnosis and management of oral manifestations of systemic disease
- Follow-up regimen and documentation process.
In addition to examining the dental and periodontal structures, the oral health practitioner is required to be familiar with the plethora of oral lesions which can present in the oral cavity. This interactive, case-based presentation will provide practical guidelines for accurate initial assessment of lesions most commonly seen in the dental office and provide the oral health care provider with a level of comfort when he/she must make clinical decisions regarding management.
Oral Pathology- Oral Medicine Case Reviews
Learning Objectives: This program helps participants to:
- Accurately categorize oral lesions to narrow down differential diagnosis
- Apply appropriate descriptive terminology in documenting oral lesions
- Develop a prioritized list of differential diagnosis consistent with available data
- Decide on pertinent diagnostic procedures: imaging, auscultation, vitality testing, aspiration, blood tests, biopsy, etc.
- Select appropriate site for biopsy when indicated
- Recognize salient histological features leading to definitive diagnosis
- Apply clinical pearls to appropriate management of cases discussed
This interactive program presents a broad spectrum of soft and hard tissue pathologies dental providers may encounter in daily practice. For each case, presenter provides patient’s chief complaint as well as pertinent clinical and radiographic data and invites the audience to participate in discussions regarding clinical categorization, appropriate description, diagnostic evaluation and management of oral abnormalities. Presenter, then, discloses diagnosis and emphasizes clinical pearls regarding the case management.
Credits: 7 CEU’s [AGD Code #730]
Instructor: Dr. Mahnaz Fatahzadeh
Dr. Mahnaz Fatahzadeh: Obtained her B.Sc. & DMD degrees as well as her GPR certificate from the Univ. of British Columbia; Canada and practiced general dentistry. She completed her Oral Medicine fellowship & MSD degree at Rutgers School-Dental Medicine. She is a professor of Oral Medicine & an attending at the Univ. Hospital. Dr. Fatahzadeh is a diplomat of American Board of Oral Medicine and serves as director of pre & post-doctoral oral medicine training at the Rutgers School-Dental Medicine.