Oral Lesion Biopsy and Adjunctive Device Techniques

  • Saturday 1/29/2022
  • Time: 8:00 - 11:00 am
  • Course Code: 602SH
  • Cost: $325
  • Room Location: BCEC Room 153 B
  • Credits: 3 CE Hours
Joel Laudenbach, DMD is an Associate Professor of Oral Medicine and attending medical staff in the Department of Oral Medicine, Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. He practices oral medicine at the Carolinas Center for Oral Health and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine.

This course will cover indications for biopsy, case selection, straightforward differential diagnosis, informed consent, surgical biopsy site planning (incisional and excisional), armamentarium, suturing, and post-operative management strategies. Using pig mandibles, attendees will be introduced to and practice surgical skills: punch and conventional scalpel blade incisions, specimen harvest, and biopsy site closure. Pathology laboratory selection and interaction, documentation, billing, biopsy report interpretation for common lesion diagnoses, patient discussion points, management and referral strategies will also be reviewed. Lesion assessment adjunctive devices/tests (i.e., toluidine blue dye, tissue fluorescence and transepithelial cytology) are reviewed in the context of treatment planning and performing scalpel biopsies.

In this course attendees will:
  • Learn the basics of gingival and soft tissue oral biopsy techniques
  • Identify appropriate case selection and surgical planning
  • Experience performing operative skills necessary for safe and effective oral biopsy procedures
  • Understand post-operative skills and strategies to help minimize potential complications
  • Review current oral lesion assessment and biopsy guidelines
  • Become familiar with lesion assessment devices and their appropriate role in the context of evaluating oral lesions
This course is also offered on Saturday, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, 629SH
Recommended Audience: Assistant, Dentist, Hygienist
Supplies Needed: Surgical loupes with lamp/illumination (optional)