Dental Emergencies

Author: Chris Connolly, Katherine Rankin / Editor: Tajek B Hassan / Reviewers: Louise Burrows, Tadgh Moriarty, Phil Delbridge / Code: O9 / Published: 25/09/2023

This module describes different types of dental infection and the pathophysiology of their development.

After completing this session you will be able to:

  • Describe the different types of dental infection and the pathophysiology of their development
  • Differentiate between simple dental abscess and those infections in which admission is needed
  • Prescribe an appropriate treatment regime for uncomplicated dental abscess
  • Identify Ludwig’s angina and initiate appropriate referral and treatment
  • Identify Vincent’s angina and initiate appropriate treatment
  • Be able to describe the anatomy of a tooth and timeframes for eruption of deciduous and permanent teeth


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