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Extraoral Clinical Examinations

Robert E Santosa

As in any dental treatment procedure, a thorough patient assessment is a prerequisite for adequate treatment planning, including dental implant therapy. Problems encountered during or following treatment can often be traced to errors and omissions during history-taking and initial examination.

An inexperienced clinician may plunge into the treatment phase before collecting sufficient diagnostic information to help predict likely pitfalls. An examination consists of the clinician's use of sight, touch, and hearing to detect conditions outside the normal range.

Sometimes it is advantageous to involve one or more medical or dental specialists in the evaluation process. A systematic approach should be developed and followed. This module focuses on the extraoral examination of patients.

After completing this ITI Academy Module, you should be able to…

  • perform a craniomandibular assessment and outline its relevance to dental treatment
  • perform a facial assessment and outline its relevance to dental treatment
  • perform a dentolabial analysis and outline its relevance to dental treatment 
Stephen T Chen , Charlotte Stilwell
22 min. + 10 min. for the Assessment
0.53 hours
Purchase price
33 Academy Coins
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Extraoral Clinical Examinations
Publication date: Mar 31, 2015 Last review date: Apr 10, 2021 Next review date: Apr 10, 2024
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  • Structured Assessment & Treatment Planning

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