A Mouthful: Differential Diagnosis for Periodontal Pathologies

RDH Under One Roof - July 2023

Date & Time: Saturday, July 22, 2023, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Speakers: Andreina Sucre International Dentist (DDS), RDH, MS

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify pathologies associated with gingival enlargement and gingival bleeding
  • Classify and create a decision tree for non-plaque-induced gingival disease pathologies
  • Apply the provided knowledge when establishing differential diagnoses for non-plaque-induced gingival enlargements.
  • Develop a system to effectively communicate the occurrence of gingival pathologies among the dental team.
  • Interpret the clinical signs of the pathologies associated with gingival hyperplasia.

There is no other topic that interests and complexes the dental professional more than oral pathology. When examining a patient with non-plaque induced gingivitis, we must pay attention to clinical signs of erythema, edema, pain, heat, loss of function, swelling in the gingival margin, blunting of the papilla,  bleeding, and discomfort upon probing. The complexity of these cases allows for a great margin of error and calls for key players with knowledge of oral anatomy and physiology. Dental professionals hold a unique understanding of the oral cavity that enables us to establish differential diagnoses, treatment plans, and referrals. As key oral care providers we need to see beyond our scope and take all these factors into account when determining a differential diagnosis. A better understanding of periodontal pathologies enables us to better manage lesions and assist in decreasing recurrence. 

Gingival enlargement is one of the frequent features of gingival disease. It could be associated with the presence or absence of plaque-biofilm or not,. Due to the variety of presentations, diagnosing the array of pathologies associated with gingival hyperplasia could become challenging for the dental team. For this analysis, clinical manifestations of gingival enlargements are focused only on those not induced by the presence of plaque. It is important to note that typical plaque control is not the recommended treatment in these cases. The importance of a correct decision tree to classify these pathologies is vital to narrow the differential diagnoses. 

This course will guide the practitioner in using a decision tree to assist in determining a differential diagnosis for periodontal pathologies.  This interactive course takes participants through a variety of case studies allowing the dental professional to experience real life scenarios to better equip them for clinical practice.

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Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • Course Certificate
  • CE credit(s): 2

    Course Type: Live Conference

    Published Date: July 22, 2024

    This continuing education (CE) activity was developed by Endeavor Business Media with no commercial support.

    This course was written for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, from novice to skilled.

    Educational methods: This course is a self-instructional journal and web activity.

    Provider disclosure: Endeavor Business Media neither has a leadership position nor a commercial interest in any products or services discussed or shared in this educational activity. No manufacturer or third party had any input in the development of the course content.

    Requirements for successful completion: To obtain 2 CE credits for this educational activity, you must pay the required fee, review the material, complete the course evaluation, and obtain an exam score of 70% or higher.

    CE planner disclosure: Laura Winfield, Endeavor Business Media dental group CE coordinator, neither has a leadership nor commercial interest with the products or services discussed in this educational activity. Ms. Winfield can be reached at lwinfield@endeavorb2b.com.

    Educational disclaimer: Completing a single continuing education course does not provide enough information to result in the participant being an expert in the field related to the course topic. It is a combination of many educational courses and clinical experience that allows the participant to develop skills and expertise.

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    Registration: The cost of this CE course is Free for 2 CE credits.

    Cancellation and refund policy: Any participant who is not 100% satisfied with this course can request a full refund by contacting Endeavor Business Media in writing.

    Provider information:

    Dental Board of California: Provider RP5933. Course registration number CA code: 1-5933-22185. Expires July 21, 2024. “This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 2 units of continuing education.”


    Endeavor Business Media is a nationally approved PACE program provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.
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    AGD code: 490


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