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Clinical Dentistry Activities

Title Description Hours Questions
Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG) is a rapidly destructive, non-communicable microbial disease of the gingiva in the context of an impair ... 1 6 Activity Info
Alveolar Osteitis Alveolar osteitis, commonly known as "dry socket," is a self-limiting condition that is one of the most common complications following dental extracti ... 1 7 Activity Info
Ameloblastoma Ameloblastomas are rare, odontogenic tumors derived from odontogenic ectoderm. Ameloblastomas represent about 1% of all jaw tumors, but they are the s ... 1 6 Activity Info
Angular Chelitis Angular cheilitis describes an inflammatory skin process of variable etiology occurring at the labial commissure, the angle of the mouth. It is usuall ... 1 6 Activity Info
Ankyloglossia (Tongue-Tie) Ankyloglossia, also known as tongue-tie, is a condition that impairs tongue movement due to a restrictive lingual frenulum. Multiple specialties withi ... 1.5 10 Activity Info
Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Dental and Oral Surgery Practice Infectious endocarditis can be challenging to treat and often causes significant sequelae. Antimicrobial prophylaxis is given in certain situations be ... 1.5 7 Activity Info
Apical Periodontitis Apical periodontitis is the local inflammation of the periapical tissues that originate from pulp disease. It may occur due to the advancement of dent ... 1 11 Activity Info
Avulsed Tooth Dentoalveolar trauma injuries are caused by an external impact on the teeth, palate, mandible, maxilla, and gingiva. These injuries can result in anyt ... 1.5 10 Activity Info
Bacterial Infections of the Oral Mucosa Bacterial lesions of the oral mucosa can originate anywhere in the oral cavity and are usually the first sign of the condition. In the initial phase, ... 1.5 10 Activity Info
Benign Chronic White Lesions of the Oral Mucosa <p>White lesions discovered upon routine oral examination can range from benign processes to invasive malignancies. It is prudent for the clinician to ... 1.5 8 Activity Info
Bisphosphonate Related Jaw Osteonecrosis Bisphosphonates are synthetic pyrophosphate analogs used to treat hypercalcemia secondary to bone resorption conditions such as malignancy, osteoporos ... 1.5 9 Activity Info
Bruxism Management <p>Bruxism can be defined as the involuntary, unconscious, and excessive grinding of teeth. Bruxism may occur while awake, and it is then called wakef ... 1 8 Activity Info
Burning Mouth Syndrome Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is characterized by burning pain in a normal-appearing oral mucosa lasting at least four to six months. The condition is ... 1 5 Activity Info
Cheilitis Cheilitis is an inflammation of the lips. It may be acute or chronic, involving the vermilion and/or surrounding skin of one or both lips. It is a fre ... 1 5 Activity Info
Cheilitis Granulomatosa Cheilitis granulomatosa (CG) is a rare granulomatous disorder characterized by a recurrent firm swelling of one or both lips. This is called the cheil ... 1 5 Activity Info
Cicatricial Pemphigoid Cicatricial pemphigoid is a rare, chronic autoimmune blistering disorder which can produce scarring. It can affect the skin, the mucous membranes, or ... 1 5 Activity Info
Cleft Lip Cleft lip deformity is one of the most common congenital deformities, and management requires an interprofessional approach to address the physical cl ... 1.5 11 Activity Info
Conscious Sedation in Dentistry Conscious sedation is a technique whereby patients undergo a drug-induced depression of their consciousness but retain the ability to self-ventilate, ... 1 5 Activity Info
Deep Neck Infections Deep neck infections are a serious but treatable group of infections affecting the deep cervical space and characterized by rapid progression and life ... 1 5 Activity Info
Dental Abscess Dental infections, while relatively straightforward regarding diagnosis and access, can be challenging to manage acutely. Dental abscesses or periapic ... 1 5 Activity Info
Dental Alginate Impressions Alginate is an irreversible hydrocolloid material that can reproduce soft and hard tissue details when in the presence of water. Therefore, it is the ... 0.75 6 Activity Info
Dental Caries Dental caries is a common chronic infectious resulting from tooth-adherent cariogenic bacteria, primarily Streptococcus Mutans, which metabolize sugar ... 1 5 Activity Info
Dental Caries Diagnostic Testing To provide the most accurate and efficient treatment, dental practitioners utilize various diagnostic tests. A visual-tactile examination allows for a ... 1 7 Activity Info
Dental Cone Beam Computed Tomography Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a new technology recently introduced and evolved into dentistry. The need for 3-dimensional (3D) images has ma ... 1 5 Activity Info
Dental Emergencies While there are numerous dental-related patient complaints and clinical diagnoses, healthcare providers must be able to recognize and treat dental eme ... 3 6 Activity Info
Dental Fluorosis Dental fluorosis is a common condition that can affect both the primary and permanent dentition. It is a chronological hypomineralization caused by ex ... 1 5 Activity Info
Dental Impression Materials Impression materials are used to copy the teeth and surrounding oral structures by creating a dental impression poured with dental plaster to fabricat ... 1 5 Activity Info
Dental Infections <p>This activity is designed to provide healthcare professionals with essential knowledge and skills to effectively evaluate and manage dental infecti ... 1 5 Activity Info
Developmental Disturbances of the Teeth, Anomalies of Number Developmental disturbances in teeth can result in various clinical presentations, one of them being a change in the number of teeth present in the pri ... 1 5 Activity Info
Developmental Disturbances of the Teeth, Anomalies of Shape and Size Disturbances during the normal development of the dentition can result in a variety of clinical presentations, namely changes in the size and shape of ... 1 6 Activity Info
Developmental Disturbances of the Teeth, Anomalies of Structure Developmental disturbances in teeth can result in different clinical presentations, one being a change in the structure of teeth which may present in ... 1 5 Activity Info
Diet and Nutrition to Prevent Dental Problems Dental caries occur when the demineralization of the enamel exceeds its demineralization capacity. Dental caries is a dynamic process that involves su ... 1 6 Activity Info
Drug-Induced Gingival Overgrowth <p>Drug-induced gingival overgrowth (DIGO), also referred to as drug-induced gingival enlargement, and previously known as drug-induced gingival hyper ... 1.5 9 Activity Info
EBV Positive Mucocutaneous Ulcer Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) positive B-cell lymphoproliferative disorders (LPDs) are a spectrum of diseases that range from self-limiting, localized cond ... 1 7 Activity Info
Endodontic Materials Used To Fill Root Canals Root canal therapy is performed to remove affected dental pulp tissue, clean and disinfect the root canal system, and ultimately seal the canal system ... 1 6 Activity Info
Excessive Gingival Display Modern society emphasizes attractiveness. A well-balanced smile plays a crucial role in self-esteem and social integration. Excessive gingival display ... 1 5 Activity Info
Fungal Infections of the Oral Mucosa <p>Fungal infections are commonly encountered in the oral and maxillofacial regions. They may present clinically in the oral cavity as a primary infec ... 1.5 6 Activity Info
Geographic Tongue Geographic tongue is a benign chronic relapsing recurring inflammatory condition of the oral cavity of unknown etiology. This activity reviews the eva ... 1.5 9 Activity Info
Gingivitis Gingivitis is an inflammatory condition of the gingival tissue most commonly caused by bacterial infection. Unlike periodontitis, there is no attachme ... 1 8 Activity Info
Glass Ionomer Cement <p>This continuing medical education (CME) activity is designed to comprehensively explore glass ionomer cement (GIC), a revolutionary self-adhesive r ... 1 7 Activity Info
Glossectomy Glossectomy is a term used to describe a variety of procedures resulting in the surgical extirpation of part, or all, of the tongue. Glossectomy is mo ... 1 6 Activity Info
Glossitis Glossitis refers to inflammation of the tongue and has numerous potential etiologies. While most causes are benign or idiopathic, glossitis can be the ... 1 5 Activity Info
Halitosis Halitosis is a term coined from the merger of the Latin halitus (breath) and Greek osis (pathological process) to describe a condition that meant an u ... 1 6 Activity Info
Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block The inferior alveolar nerve block involves the injection of a local anesthetic solution near the area of the mandibular foramen and the entry of the n ... 1.5 10 Activity Info
Infraorbital Nerve Block Nerve blocks are useful for providing anesthesia to a specific area of the body. Regional nerve blocks offer many advantages over local tissue infiltr ... 1 4 Activity Info
Lichen Planus Erosive Form Erosive lichen planus (ELP) is a variant of lichen planus which involves chronic and painful ulceration of the skin and mucosal surfaces. ELP is thoug ... 1.5 9 Activity Info
Lidocaine Lidocaine is a local anesthetic agent commonly used for local and topic anesthesia, but it also has antiarrhythmic, and analgesic uses and can be used ... 1.5 11 Activity Info
Local Anesthesia Techniques in Dentistry and Oral Surgery When used in dentistry, local anesthesia involves the injection of an anesthetic solution adjacent to the nerves that provide sensation to a region of ... 1.5 7 Activity Info
Ludwig Angina <p>Ludwig angina is life-threatening cellulitis of the soft tissue involving the floor of the mouth and neck. Ludwig angina involves 3 compartments of ... 1 5 Activity Info
Mandible Body Fracture The fracture of the body of the mandible accounts for almost 11% to 36% of all the mandibular fractures. This activity describes the evaluation and ma ... 1 5 Activity Info
Mandible Fracture Mandible is one of the most commonly fractured facial bone and is frequently seen in the emergency department. This activity reviews the anatomy of th ... 1 8 Activity Info
Mandible Osteoradionecrosis Osteoradionecrosis (ORN) of the mandible is a severe iatrogenic disease of devitalized bone caused by radiation therapy of oral and oropharyngeal canc ... 1 6 Activity Info
Mental Nerve Block The mental nerve supplies sensation to the lower lip, buccal mucosa, and skin of the chin ventral to the mental foramen. Mental nerve blocks allow for ... 1 5 Activity Info
Metronidazole Metronidazole is one of the mainstay drugs for the treatment of anaerobic bacterial infections, protozoal infections, and microaerophilic bacterial in ... 1.5 10 Activity Info
Mucocele and Ranula Mucoceles and ranulas result when there is a disruption of the flow of secretions of the salivary glands mostly due to trauma and present as asymptoma ... 1 5 Activity Info
Necrotizing Periodontal Diseases Necrotizing periodontal diseases (NPDs) encompass necrotizing gingivitis (NG), necrotizing periodontitis (NP), necrotizing stomatitis (NS), and in ext ... 1 6 Activity Info
Non-Odontogenic Tumors of the Jaws Non-odontogenic tumors of the jaw are rare pathologies that can often be overlooked, resulting in delayed diagnosis and treatment. They cover a vast r ... 1 5 Activity Info
Odontogenic Cysts Odontogenic cysts are frequently identified on routine examinations with head and neck imaging such as orthopantomograms and computed tomography (CT). ... 1.5 11 Activity Info
Odontogenic Orofacial Space Infections Odontogenic and orofacial infections are rare but important sequelae of dental infections. Dental care and the evaluation, treatment, and follow-up of ... 1.5 5 Activity Info
Oral Candidiasis Oral candidiasis is an infection of the oral cavity by Candida albicans. The condition is generally obtained secondary to immune suppression, which ca ... 1.5 11 Activity Info
Oral Cutaneous Fistula Oral cutaneous fistula (OCF) is a rare extraoral path of infection that communicates the oral cavity and the skin. Chronic dental infections, trauma, ... 1 5 Activity Info
Oral Hemangiomas Oral hemangiomas are benign tumors that develop in and around the oral cavity due to endothelial cell proliferation. The majority of oral hemangiomas ... 1 5 Activity Info
Oral Leukoplakia Oral leukoplakia is a white patch or plaque that develops in the oral cavity. The condition is potentially malignant and is strongly associated with t ... 1 5 Activity Info
Oral Lichen Planus Oral lichen planus (OLP) is a chronic T-cell mediated inflammatory disease that affects the oral mucosa. It is characterized by periods of symptomatic ... 1.5 10 Activity Info
Oral Management of Patients Undergoing Radiation Therapy <p>Radiotherapy is a widely used treatment modality for managing carcinomas in the head and neck region, either alone or combined with chemotherapy. A ... 1.5 7 Activity Info
Oral Melanoacanthoma Oral melanoacanthoma is a rare, benign, and clinically suspicious appearing lesion that may perplex the unsuspecting clinician. It varies in clinical ... 1.5 9 Activity Info
Oral Melanoma Oral melanoma is a very rare malignancy that progresses rapidly and proves to be particularly aggressive. The clinical aspect of oral melanoma is vari ... 1 5 Activity Info
Oral Mucosa Cancer Oral mucosal cancer is cancer that arises from the lining (mucosa) of the oral cavity. The main risk factors are smoking and alcohol consumption. The ... 1.5 8 Activity Info
Oral Mucositis Oral mucositis is a severely debilitating condition characterized by erythema, edema, and ulcerations of the oral mucosa. It is a complication of radi ... 1.5 8 Activity Info
Oral Surgery, Biopsies <p>The hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity are frequent sites of benign and malignant pathology. Diagnosing oral cavity lesions frequently requir ... 1 5 Activity Info
Oral Surgery, Extraction of Mandibular Third Molars Mandibular third molars are often closely associated with the inferior alveolar nerve, which supplies sensation to the lower face. Temporary paraesthe ... 1 5 Activity Info
Oral Surgery, Extraction of Roots Retained dental roots arise most commonly due to prior dental extraction procedures, during which they are intentionally or unintentionally left behin ... 2 5 Activity Info
Oral Surgery, Extraction of Teeth The extraction of teeth is one of the fundamental treatments provided by dentists. Dental extractions may be simple (i.e., non-surgical) in nature, or ... 1 11 Activity Info
Oral Surgery, Extraction of Unerupted Teeth Extraction of unerupted teeth is a common procedure in dentistry, performed by both general dentists and dental specialists. The prevalence of impacte ... 1 5 Activity Info
Oral Surgery, Instruments <p>Oral surgical procedures involve the use of numerous instruments. Each has its specific use, and multiple instruments are often required during a s ... 1 6 Activity Info
Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma <p>Oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, commonly known as throat cancer or tonsil cancer, is a type of head and neck cancer that refers to the cance ... 1.5 8 Activity Info
Orthodontics, Cephalometric Analysis <p>Cephalometric analysis is the evaluation of lateral skull radiographs obtained with cephalostats. This analysis is indicated to help determine the ... 1 5 Activity Info
Orthodontics, Malocclusion Malocclusion often develops when a child begins transitioning into mixed dentition. Malocclusion can cause speech problems, difficulty eating, changes ... 1.5 9 Activity Info
Osteoradionecrosis Treatment of malignancies with ionizing radiation has saved countless lives in the past 50 years. However, a small percentage of patients treated with ... 1 6 Activity Info
Palatal and Gingival Cysts of the Newborn Epstein pearls, Bohn nodules, and gingival cyst of the newborn (dental lamina cyst) are peculiarly similar lesions that have been confused and interch ... 1.5 9 Activity Info
Pamidronate Pamidronate is a medication used in the management and treatment of moderate or severe hypercalcemia of malignancy, moderate to severe Paget disease o ... 1 5 Activity Info
Parotid Cancer Salivary gland tumors are characterized by diverse histological appearances and variable biological behavior. The distinction between tumor types can ... 1.5 10 Activity Info
Parotidectomy Parotidectomy is a common procedure in head and neck surgery. An appropriate incision and identification of multiple anatomical landmarks are necessar ... 1.5 7 Activity Info
Pathologic Manifestations of Smokeless Tobacco Smokeless tobacco use can result in a variety of different pathological processes manifesting within the oral cavity. These lesions are discussed thro ... 1 5 Activity Info
Pediatric Facial Trauma Pediatric facial trauma includes blunt and penetrating trauma to the structures of the face in patients ages less than 18 years. This article primaril ... 1.5 8 Activity Info
Pericoronitis Pericoronitis is a localized, intraoral soft tissue infection most commonly associated with erupting lower third molars. Prompt diagnosis and treatmen ... 1 6 Activity Info
Periodontal Abscess Periodontal abscesses are a common and painful dental emergency resulting from bacterial accumulation or foreign body impaction in periodontal pockets ... 1 5 Activity Info
Physical and Chemical Lesions of the Oral Mucosa Physical and chemical lesions of the oral cavity are oftentimes discovered during routine examination and are a common finding as the oral cavity is c ... 1 5 Activity Info
Pierre Robin Syndrome Pierre Robin sequence is a constellation of micrognathia, glossoptosis, and upper airway obstruction. It is a clinical diagnosis that can range in sev ... 1.5 6 Activity Info
Pleomorphic Adenoma Pleomorphic adenoma, the most common salivary gland tumor, is also known as benign mixed tumors (BMT's), because of its dual origin from epithelial an ... 1.5 7 Activity Info
Premalignant Lesions of the Oral Mucosa Premalignant lesions of the oral cavity encompass a broad range of pathology and are often comorbid in a variety of patient populations. Prompt diagno ... 1 7 Activity Info
Preventing Cross Infection in the Dental Office <p>In the dental setting, infectious agents can be transmitted by inhalation, injection, ingestion, or contact with mucosa or skin. Infection preventi ... 1 6 Activity Info
Pyogenic Granuloma Pyogenic granuloma, sometimes known as granuloma pyogenicum, refers to a common, acquired, benign vascular tumor that arises in tissues such as the sk ... 1.5 9 Activity Info
Remineralization of Initial Carious Lesions Dental caries is the most prevalent chronic disease worldwide. The condition courses its early stages silently. The first clinical sign is a white spo ... 1 5 Activity Info
Retrognathia Retrognathia is a term used to describe a mandible that is posterior to and behind where it should be when viewed from a lateral vantage point. Retrog ... 1 5 Activity Info
Sialolithiasis Sialolithiasis is the most frequent cause of salivary gland swelling, affecting the major salivary glands: parotid, submandibular, and sublingual glan ... 1 5 Activity Info
Sjogren Syndrome Primary Sjogren syndrome is a systemic autoimmune disorder commonly presenting with dryness involving the eyes and mouth due to inflammation and resul ... 2 12 Activity Info
Stability in Mandibular Denture <p>In an individual's life, teeth play an indispensable role as their loss may affect not only the function but also the aesthetics. The success of th ... 1 5 Activity Info
Stainless Steel Crowns in Primary Dentition It has been documented that full coronal coverage improves the structural integrity of the tooth and the longevity of the restoration in primary teeth ... 1 5 Activity Info
Subacute Bacterial Endocarditis Prophylaxis <p>Infective endocarditis is an infection of the heart's endocardial surfaces involving one or more heart valves. The incidence of infective endocardi ... 1.5 9 Activity Info
Temporomandibular Syndrome Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) refers to a group of conditions involving the orofacial region divided into those affecting the masticatory muscles a ... 1.5 10 Activity Info
Tetracycline Tetracyclines (tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline, tigecycline) are a class of medication used to manage and treat various bacterial infections. T ... 1 5 Activity Info
The Role of Fluoride on Caries Prevention Although dental caries is the most common disease affecting 60-90% of the population worldwide, it is a non-communicable disease that is preventable i ... 1 6 Activity Info
Tongue Cancer Tongue cancer is one of the most common sites of head and neck malignancy. Smoking, drinking alcohol, and, more recently, human papilloma virus infect ... 1.5 8 Activity Info
Tongue Laceration The tongue is a muscular organ that plays a central role in a person’s ability to communicate and to experience food via taste, chewing and swallowing ... 1 5 Activity Info
Tooth Fracture Tooth fracture usually occurs due to traumatic injuries to the teeth and oral structures. The predominant clinical features are sensitivity and pain i ... 1.5 11 Activity Info
Trauma to the Primary Dentition Traumatic dental injuries (TDIs) are common and can have significant long-term consequences for both the hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity. Thi ... 1.5 9 Activity Info
Trismus Trismus is commonly referred to as lockjaw and is usually due to sustained tetanic spasms of the muscles of mastication. Although it was initially des ... 1 7 Activity Info
Viral Infections of the Oral Mucosa The oral cavity is particularly susceptible to the manifestations of viral illnesses. The clinical aspect of viral lesions and the possible causative ... 1.5 12 Activity Info
Xerostomia Xerostomia is defined as the sensation of oral dryness. Patients usually report mouth dryness, oral burning, swallowing difficulty, and decreased or a ... 1.5 8 Activity Info

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