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Treatment of Odontogenic Infections course for Dental Practice

Speciality Classification
Oral Health
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Royal College of Surgeons, NHS

This session will address the management of odontogenic infections. It will cover the diagnosis of spreading infection and the recommended treatments. Emergency management will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Identify a patient at risk
  • Describe the surgical and medical principles involved in the management of local and systemic odontogenic infections
  • State the limited indications for prescribing antibiotics
  • Discuss the evidence base supporting the use of antibiotics for odontogenic infections
  • List the wider principles for patients with systemic infections

Infections of the teeth have plagued humans constantly, despite a quest for better oral hygiene.

Infections usually arise from pulpitis and associated necrotic dental pulp that initially begins on the tooth's surface as dental caries.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should have:

Completed e-Den session:

  • Surgical and Non-Surgical Management of Head and Neck Disease/Odontogenic Infections/Assessment of Odontongenic Infections (141-0212)

Knowledge of:

  • Antibiotic prescription practice
  • Medical symptoms of acute and chronic infection
  • Radiographic assessment of dental patients
  • Preoperative assessment for sedation and general anaesthesia
  • Consent regulations and application
Instructors / Speakers
Tara Renton,
Specialist in Oral Surgery

Tara Renton (Specialist in Oral Surgery) is a dentist with a particular interest in trigeminal nerve injuries and pain. After completing her Oral and Maxillofacial surgical training in Melbourne, Tara undertook a PhD in trigeminal nerve injury related to third molar surgery at King’s College London 1999-2003. She was later appointed Senior Lecturer at QMUL and then was awarded her chair in 2006 at King’s College London. Over the past 4 years Tara has led the teaching of 180 dental students for each year 3, 4 and 5. She has established an academic training programme, which now has eight Oral Surgery SpRs of which three are undertaking PhDs and two are post docs. In collaboration with IoP KCL and Imperial College, Tara and collaborators have established an international leading programme of trigeminal pain research.

Tara is the UK National advisor for Oral Surgery, a council member for BAOS and an elected member of the RCS England Dental Faculty Committee.

Treatment of Odontogenic Infections course for Dental Practice
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Dental, -- DENTAL --
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
30 minutes
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