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This course will concentrate on several oral and maxillofacial pathoses that currently are highly visible in the media. The discussions are presented in a format that insures easy utilization of the information; and all of those in attendance are encouraged to participate and ask questions related to their previous experiences with these pathologic conditions.
The presentation will include a number of current topics in oral pathology that are impacting dentistry: bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis, a description of systemic pattern for examination of the oral soft tissues, a discussion of the recent popular wave of diagnostic adjuncts, and differential diagnosis of oral mucosal red
and white lesions.
At the conclusion of the presentation, each participant should be able to succeed at the following tasks:
- Understand the potential gnathic complications secondary to utilization of bisphosphonate medications
- Appropriately manage patients utilizing oral or intravenous bisphosphonates
- Develop a systemic approach to the examination of the oral soft tissues
- Understand the strengths and weaknesses of the current wave of popular diagnostic aids
- Recognize the four clinical patterns of intraoral squamous cell carcinoma
- Develop a systematic approach for the management of leukoplakias, erythroplakias, and the clinically diagnostic white and red mucosal alterations