REVIEW OF SPREAD OF DENTAL INFECTIONS

Margaret J. Fehrenbach, RDH, MS

Course Contents:

Instructions

Objectives

Introduction

Spread to Paranasal Sinuses

Frontal Sinuses

Sphenoidal Sinuses

Ethmoidal Sinuses

Maxillary Sinuses

Clinical Considerations of Paranasal Sinus Pathology

Maxillary Sinusitis

Spread by Vascular System

Spread by Lymphatic System

Lymphadenopathy

Spread by Spaces

Prevention of Odontogenic Infections

Resources

Bibliography
Test Questions
Answer Sheet
Course Evaluation

 

Course Objectives:

Any odontogenic infections or dental infection that start in the teeth and associated oral tissue can have significant consequences if they spread to vital structures, tissue, or organs.  Occasionally, odontogenic infection does not stay as a localized lesion but can spread to the paranasal sinuses or can be spread by the vascular system, lymphatic system, or spaces in the head and neck.

Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

Trace the routes of odontogenic infection in the head and neck region on a diagram, skull, and patient
 
Discuss the complications that can occur with the spread of odontogenic infection in the head and neck region
 
Discuss the aging process, including that which occurs in the oral cavity
 
Discuss the prevention of the spread of odontogenic infection during patient dental care
   
Integrate an understanding of the anatomic considerations for the spread of odontogenic infection into clinical dental practice
   

 


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