Differential Diagnosis of Oral Mucosal Lesions: Can you tell the difference between reactive, premalignant, and cancer?

DATE: Thursday, February 28, 2019

TIME: Registration: 8:30 a.m.  |  Lecture: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Loma Linda University Centennial Complex, 24760 Stewart Street, Room 3113, Loma Linda, CA 92350

TUITION: $195 DDS / $145 AUX

LUNCH: Will NOT be provided

CREDIT: This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 7 units of continuing education.

AGD Code: 730

Dr. Mark Lingen
Mark Lingen, DDS, PhD, FRACPath

Professor, Department of Pathology
Scientific Director, Human Tissue Resource Center
The University of Chicago


Approximately 10% of all dental patients have some type of oral mucosal abnormality. How do you differentiate the good, the bad and the ugly?!? Although the majority of oral lesions do not carry significant morbidity, the clinician must be able to successfully differentiate the benign entities from the more serious conditions of the region.


The purpose of this talk will be to:

  • Review common white, red, and ulcerated lesions of the oral cavity
  • Discuss the necessary techniques for performing a comprehensive oral exam
  • Review the currently available adjunctive screening devices and introduce developing technologies that allow for the molecular diagnosis of premalignant lesions
  • Present the new American Dental Association Clinical Guideline recommendations for oral cancer screening
  • Discuss the current chemopreventive initiatives under investigation
  • Emphasize the role of dental professionals in early detection and chemoprevention

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