Oral mucosal disorders encompass a wide variety of lesions with different etiologies. Some patients present with lesions that have pathognomonic clinical characteristics while other lesions have similar clinical features, which make them more challenging to diagnose. Using a problem-oriented as well as a case-based format, this course will review the etiologic factors, clinical presentations, differential diagnosis, diagnostic techniques, and therapeutic management of diverse oral mucosal and oral potentially malignant disorders.
Upon course completion, you will:
• Know how take a detailed clinical history from patients with oral lesions.
• Know how to evaluate the oral cavity and recognize oral mucosal and oral potentially malignant disorders.
• Be able to document lesions of the oral cavity.
• Develop appropriate differential and working diagnosis.
• Gain a better understanding of diagnostic techniques, adjuncts and modalities for evaluation of oral mucosal and oral potentially malignant disorders.
• Be able to manage common oral lesions encountered in dental practice.
• Understand the importance of interdisciplinary management and referrals.
• Be able to educate and counsel patients with oral lesions.
Chizobam N. Idahosa, BDS, DDS, MS
Dr. Idahosa is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Oral Medicine in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Medicine and Surgery at Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry. She received her B.D.S. from the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria and her D.D.S. from New York University College of Dentistry where she graduated with honors. She completed her General Practice Residency training at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine followed by private practice as a general dentist in Pittsburgh, PA. She then pursued and completed her post-doctoral training in Oral Medicine as well as her Master of Science in Oral Biology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Her clinical interests include the management of oral mucosal disorders, oral oncology, oro-facial pain, temporomandibular disorders and salivary gland disorders. Dr. Idahosa is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society and she received the Robert Schattner Award for Outstanding Oral Medicine Resident from the University of Pennsylvania. She has lectured and published articles on topics related to Oral Medicine and received a Case Report Award from the American Academy of Oral Medicine. She is an active educator and maintains clinical practice at the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry.