Dental Emergencies


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Start Date

1 Sep 2023

Last Review Date

1 Sep 2023

Expiration Date

31 Aug 2026

Estimated Time To Finish

180 Minutes

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Activity Description

While there are numerous dental-related patient complaints and clinical diagnoses, healthcare providers must be able to recognize and treat dental emergencies in an expedited manner. Furthermore, patients with dental emergencies often present in clinical settings other than a dentist's office, making it important that non-dentist providers understand the sequelae of untreated emergencies and provide appropriate dental referrals. In the absence of definitive treatment, many dental emergencies have high morbidity and/or mortality. Most dental emergencies can be categorized into one of three main etiologies: traumatic, infectious, and post-procedural complications. Regardless of which category they belong to, the majority of untreated dental emergencies can become extremely painful, progress to deep space infections affecting the contiguous surrounding structures of the neck and facial sinuses, and/or lead to airway compromise. Identifying and treating patients with dental emergencies will help prevent these life-threatening sequela and provide symptomatic relief. This activity outlines when various dental emergencies should be considered as a differential diagnosis, explains how to evaluate these conditions, and highlights the roles of the interprofessional team in managing and improving care for patients with dental emergencies.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, physician associates, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and dentists.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the etiologies of the listed dental emergencies.

  • Describe the various presentations of patients with the listed dental emergencies.

  • Summarize the treatment options available for the listed dental emergencies.

  • Explain possible interprofessional team strategies for improving the coordination of care and communication to advance the evaluation and treatment of dental emergencies to improve outcomes.


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In support of improving patient care, StatPearls, LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

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  3. Study the educational content of the enduring material.
  4. Choose the best answer to each activity test question. To receive credit and a certificate, you must pass the test questions with a minimum score of 100%.
  5. Complete the post-activity assessment survey.

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