Learning Objectives: In this program, participants will learn about:
- Systemic conditions with orofacial manifestations such as hereditary, hematologic, infectious, endocrinopathic, immune-mediated, dermatologic, granulomatous, cardiovascular, pulmonary and metastatic conditions.
- Diagnostic evaluation of patients with oral signs and symptoms of systemic disease.
- Orofacial findings associated with medical therapy such as osteoradionecrosis, osteonecrosis of the jaw, mucositis, xerostomia, gingival hyperplasia
- Detrimental effects of substance abuse in the orofacial region
- Impact of these manifestations on oral care, prevention & appropriate management of dental complications
- Follow-up regimen and documentation process
This program provides illustrative examples of orofacial findings associated with diagnosed or subjectively
silent systemic disease, medical therapy and substance abuse.
Oral cavity is readily accessible for inspection and a gateway for assessment of general health. In fact, many systemic conditions affecting organs far from head and neck region could manifest in the orofacial region, sometimes prior to their diagnosis.
Abnormalities detected in the orofacial region may also represent complications related to medical therapy or raise concern about substance abuse. Relevant signs, symptoms and diagnostics are reviewed and the potential role of oral health care provider in recognition, referral, follow-up and overall management is emphasized. Utilization of oral bio fluid and tissues in screening for systemic conditions is also discussed.
Credits: 6 CEU’s [AGD Code #730]
Instructor: Dr. Mahnaz Fatahzadeh
Dr. Mahnaz Fatahzadeh obtained her B.Sc. and DMD degrees as well as her General Practice Residency certificate from the University of British Columbia in Canada where she practiced general dentistry for a number of years. She completed her Oral Medicine fellowship and MSD degree at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine where she holds a faculty appointment as a professor of Oral Medicine and as an attending at the University hospital. Dr. Fatahzadeh is a diplomat of American Board of Oral Medicine and serves as director of pre and post-doctoral oral medicine training at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine.