Don’t miss this great Oral Path Course for both the Hygienist and the Dentist!
Common Oral Lesions: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment
With the focus of dentistry changing from restorative procedures to prevention of disease providers will find themselves in the position to identify oral disease and prevent disease progression in health patients. Patients often present with sore irritated mucosa, but the symptoms of peeling, redness and blisters can be attributed to many different etiologies. This course presents an easily reproducible approach to the differential diagnosis and treatment of common oral lesions especially those diseases that mimic each other. The focus will be the clinical management of common oral lesions i.e. relevant laboratory tests, treatment modalities and anticipated prognosis following appropriate therapy.
- The participant will be able to recognize clinically relevant common soft tissue lesions that affect the oral and perioral tissues.
- The participant will be able to develop a differential diagnoses for common oral lesions by incorporating clinical presentation, histologic and laboratory findings.
- The participant will be able to describe current treatment modalities for various common oral lesions, prescribe pharmacological agents properly and understand their mechanisms of action.
- The participant will be able to know when and how to consult with and refer patients to individuals for more specialized care.
Oral Cancer, HPV, and Emerging Medical Technologies
This course will review the clinical and microscopic features of oral cancer and pre-malignant lesions with a specific focus on HPV associated oral cancers and oral pathologies. Emerging medical technologies used in the diagnosis of oral cancer as well as standard intra oral and extra oral protocols will be presented and reviewed. The goal of this session is to understand the stages of dysplasia and the effect carcinogens and promoters have on the oral mucous membranes. The histologic criteria for dysplasia will be reviewed, as will leukoplakia and erythroplakia of the oral soft tissues. Carcinoma will be examined with respect to histologic subtype, histologic grade, tumor size, regional nodal involvement, and metastatic spread of disease. Application of clinical assessment will be stressed with appropriate laboratory tests presented. The emerging role of HPV in the development of oral cancer will be reviewed as will the specific procedures used to diagnose HPV.
- Assess a histologic slide of dysplasia and accurately determine the degree of severity with correlation to correct treatment and prognosis.
- Compare the differences between known carcinogens and promoters of disease.
- Evaluate the new concepts of field cancerization; skip areas in dysplasia, and multifocal presentation of disease.
- Determine appropriate laboratory tests including biopsy sites, cytologic smears and emerging medical technologies will be evaluated.
Suggested Audience: Dentists, Hygienists