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Oral Manifestations of Systemic Diseases

Sook-Bin Woo, DMD, MMSc
Saturday, February 8
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

The general dentist in his or her daily practice encounters a variety of mucosal disorders, most of which are straightforward and easy to diagnose. However, even banal-appearing lesions may be a manifestation of systemic disease or a side effect of treatment for systemic disease. Furthermore, the oral signs may be the first presentation, and the dentist is in a unique position to help render an early diagnosis. This presentation will consider six common oral conditions that are encountered in routine general dental practice. For each, there will be a common “default” diagnosis, followed by a discussion of other conditions that may look similar but represent the oral presentation of a systemic condition. The differences in history and clinical findings, as well as diagnostic tests that may help distinguish between each of them, will also be presented. The conditions to be discussed include aphthous-like oral ulcers, lichen planus and lichenoid lesions, gingivitis, gingival hyperplasia, pigmented macules, and nonhealing extraction sockets.