Oral Medicine Clinical Pearls

This interactive, case-based course provides an opportunity for dental providers to develop a level of comfort with identification, description and development of a differential list and an action plan for commonly encountered oral pathology and non-odontogenic orofacial pain conditions. Content covers a broad spectrum of soft and hard tissue oral pathology including oral manifestations of systemic disease, and pain of muscular, vascular, neuropathic and systemic origin that clinicians may see in daily practice.

Each case provides patient’s chief complaint, pertinent medical history, and clinical and radiographic data and invites the attendees to participate in discussion. Specific topics include clinical categorization, appropriate description, diagnostic evaluation and management of oral abnormalities and orofacial pain of local and systemic origin. The diagnosis and highlights of salient features of the case that guide evaluation and/or management process are then disclosed. When applicable, modifications to care in light of patient’s medical history is also emphasized.

  • Accurately categorize oral lesions of local or systemic origin to narrow down differential diagnosis.
  • Apply appropriate descriptive terminology in documenting soft & hard tissue oral lesions.
  • Develop a prioritized list of differential diagnosis for oral lesions consistent with available data.
  • Decide on pertinent diagnostic procedures for oral lesions.
  • Select appropriate site for biopsy, when indicated.
  • Accurately obtain an orofacial pain history.
  • Conduct a clinical evaluation for orofacial pain.
  • Develop a prioritized list of differential diagnosis for orofacial pain consistent with available data.
  • Differentiate between odontogenic and non-odontogenic facial pain disorders.
  • Perform appropriate diagnostic tests for orofacial pain.
  • Recognize salient features of the case which guide evaluation and management process.
  • Develop an action plan for management of cases discussed.
  • When applicable, modify approach to care in light of patient’s medical history.

Department of Diagnostic Sciences

Division of Oral Medicine

Division of Orofacial Pain

Friday, October 4, 2019
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  (earn 6 credit hours)
at The Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
$185 for Dentists • $135 for Auxiliaries/Residents
Code: 20D0809

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