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FDC2021 Session Directory

Oral Mucosal Lesions: A Step-by-step Guide to Diagnosis and Management

Course Code: C52
Speaker: Dr. Seena Patel, DMD, MPH
CE Hours: 3.00
Start: Saturday, June 26, 2021, 9:00 AM
End: Saturday, June 26, 2021, 12:00 PM
Audience: Dentists, Assistants, Hygienists, Dental Student


Dentists are the first-line providers patients see for oral lesions. However, appropriately diagnosing and managing oral mucosal diseases can be challenging, and patients often see several providers before obtaining a correct diagnosis. A sound understanding of oral mucosal diseases and following a systematic approach to diagnosis can help prevent unnecessary office visits, diagnostic tests, treatments and most importantly, a delayed diagnosis. This lecture will outline conditions affecting the oral soft tissues and how to manage them. It will aid clinicians in forming differential diagnoses and in understanding how to order appropriate diagnostic tests. Further, it will highlight the importance of a comprehensive oral health examination.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • identify a systematic approach to diagnosing oral mucosal lesions.
  • form a differential diagnosis for various oral mucosal conditions.
  • perform a comprehensive head and neck examination and oral diagnostic evaluation.
  • define the most common oral mucosal diseases.
  • manage common oral mucosal lesions.

Speaker: Dr. Seena Patel, DMD, MPH

About the speaker: Dental degree, A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH); residency in orofacial pain and oral medicine, University of Southern California; assistant professor and associate director, ATSU-ASDOH; Diplomate, American Board of Orofacial Pain and American Board of Oral Medicine.

Disclosure: Neither I nor members of my immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to this presentation.

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