Maxillary and Mandibular Exostoses: A Clinical Review - L0793


About Course #L0793

Release Date: December 12, 2016

Expiration Date: December 11, 2019

Exostoses that occur intraorally are benign, asymptomatic osseous anomalies, which most commonly involve the hard palate and the alveolar bone on the lingual aspect of the mandibular arch. Less frequent are the exostoses that involve the buccal alveolar bone of the maxillary and mandibular arches or the alveolar bone of the palatal arch. Dental clinicians should not view these as merely an incidental finding during a comprehensive dental examination but rather must consider the presence of an exostoses as an integral component of the oral anatomy that can impact the patient's oral health and his or her ability to utilize partial or complete dentures as well as being a potential impediment to the ability to maintain oral hygiene.

This basic-level course highlights the varied clinical presentations of exostoses within the oral cavity, their clinical and radiographic presentations, their pathophysiology, their implications for oral health, and options for treatment. With this knowledge, dental professionals can address such growths if they become or could become a barrier to oral function, interfere with a patient's ability to maintain proper oral hygiene, or preclude the ability to place partial or complete dentures.

AGD Subject Code: 741

Course Objectives

  • Outline the classification of exostoses of the oral cavity.
  • Describe the clinical features of exostoses.
  • Describe the radiographic features of exostoses.
  • Identify the pathophysiology of exostoses.
  • Describe the oral health implications of exostoses of the oral cavity.
  • Explain the surgical treatment and prognosis of exostoses.

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

About the Author(s)

Mark J. Szarejko, DDS, FAGD, received a bachelor's degree in biology from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, and a DDS from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1985. He has been a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry since 1994 and a Certified Correctional Healthcare Professional since 2007. Dr. Szarejko has more than 30 years of dental experience in New York and Florida. He is currently a staff dentist at the Hillsborough County Jail in Tampa, Florida, and has been an examiner for the State of Florida dental and dental hygiene examinations since 1994. Dr. Szarejko has presented nationally on correctional health care and has authored more than 20 continuing education courses.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.