Acute Dental Problems

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This course addresses the nature of oral pain, as well as acute dental problems precipitated by oral infections or trauma. Healthcare providers will learn to treat oral pain; accurately assess, treat, and refer patients with oral infections; recognize and triage true dental emergencies; and promote the use of protective equipment to prevent oral injuries.

Educational Objectives for the Acute Dental Problems Course are:

  • Diagnose, initially manage, and appropriately refer:
    • Oral pain
    • Oral infections
    • Dental trauma to primary and permanent teeth
  • Describe the common characteristics of dental trauma in children and adults.
  • Identify two true dental emergencies.
  • Implement strategies aimed at the prevention of oral injuries.

This course takes approximately one hour to complete. Each clinical case takes about 10 minutes.

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All authors involved in producing the content of this course have indicated they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Steering Committee Authors

  • Denise Rizzolo, PA-C, PhD

Dental Consultant

  • Joanna M. Douglass, B.D.S., D.D.S.

Smiles for Life Editors

  • Melinda Clark, M.D.
  • Karlynn Sievers, M.D.

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Last Modified:
October 2021

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