RED, WHITE OR BLUE; WHAT DO I DO? RECOGNITION AND MANAGEMENT OF ORAL LESIONS SUPPORTED BY TELEDENTISTRY

The course will use images from actual clinical cases that have been submitted by dentists in British Columbia to be evaluated by an oral pathologist.

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CE Credits
Oral Pathology & Radiology

About the Course

A critical aspect of every oral examination is the observation of all the oral mucosae. The goalis to identify any differences in the appearance of the tissues from what would normally beexpected. When the difference is recognized a process should be initiated to further assessthe observation and develop a plan to diagnose and manage the change. Traditionally, oralpathology has been taught in dental schools by presenting either clinical or histologic imageslinked to specific diagnoses and asking the student to recall these names. In clinical practicealterations in the oral soft and hard tissues rarely resemble the images from either dentalschool classes or oral pathology textbooks. The objective of this presentation is to guide theparticipants to develop an approach to recognize and manage oral soft tissue changes that canbe incorporated into their daily clinical practice. This approach builds on a dentist’s strengthsresulting from their clinical care of patients to provide a more comprehensive strategy to develop a differential diagnosis. The potential tosupport a private practitioner’s patient care through applications of Teledentistry are included.

The course will use images from actual clinical cases that have been submitted by dentists in British Columbia to be evaluated by an oralpathologist. These are all actual cases that have occurred primarily in private dental practices. Most of these images were provided directlyfrom the private dental practice and included some information with respect to the patient’s signs and symptoms. These cases will be used todevelop a process applicable in every clinical practice and establish a Teledentistry approach to support the dentist in private practice whensomething “different” is noticed during the oral soft and hard tissue examination. The importance of developing a differential diagnosis willbe stressed in this presentation in order to insure that important conditions are not overlooked when evaluating a patient. In contrast to theexpectations in a dental school oral pathology course, it is not important to make the diagnosis of any oral lesion clinically the first time it isobserved, but rather, to appropriately recognize and manage the observed lesion.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

1. Recognize changes in oral soft tissues representative of pathologic changes

2. Evaluate the lesions in a standardized format based on using clinical examination strengths generated in practice.

3. Develop a process to manage a change identified in the tissue

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