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Improving the Management of Surgical Sites in Oral Healthcare 
Presenter: Dr. Scott Benjamin Release Date: 10/26/23
Credits: 1 CEU, Free Self-Study Expiration Date: 10/26/26
AGD Subject Code: 148  

Dental surgeries including extractions, periodontal, and laser procedures involve both soft and osseous structures; thus, both need healing. The lack of adequate intraoral treatment modalities of these sites and areas has long been accepted as a normal aspect of dentistry, such that many practitioners are not even conscious of it being an issue.

Although tremendous progress has been made in the care of external surgical sites and lesions, the care of intraoral sites has been lacking, primarily because the oral environment poses significant challenges. It is constantly functioning through speaking, eating, drinking liquids, and tongue activity. Also, toxicity is a consideration when introducing any wound care material into the mouth because of ingestion.

Most current oral treatment modalities have inadequacies controlling the biofilm and pain management, including opioid drugs, does not always provide adequate pain relief, particularly after oral surgical procedures, and this has contributed to the current opioid epidemic. This CE webinar will discuss modern treatments and dressings that are available today to assist in addressing these significant challenges leading to improved outcomes with enhanced healing and reduction of post operative discomfort.

At the end of this CE webinar, attendees will understand:
• The challenges of properly managing surgical sites and mucosal lesions
• Some of the treatment modalities available today to assist in achieving enhanced outcomes and reducing post operative complications
• Options on how to reduce, if not eliminate, the need for post-operative pain medications   ( disclaimer , AGD PACE Statement )

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