Course Objectives (2 CE Credits)
Participants will become more familiar with the symptoms and causes of xerostomia, as well as treatment options for patients who are experiencing dry mouth. Dr. Christopher Travis discusses common profiles that can help identify patients who may be at higher risk for xerostomia, enabling earlier detection and proper diagnoses. As he explains, implant prostheses can provide a good solution for these patients. Topics include:
- Common profile of xerostomia patients
- Review of the major sets of salivary glands
- Symptoms of xerostomia
- Causes of xerostomia
- Treatment options for dry mouth
- Implant prostheses as an effective solution for xerostomia patients with full or partial dentures
Many xerostomia patients go undiagnosed for a long period of time, but dental professionals are often the first to notice when a patient is suffering from dry mouth. Recognizing the symptoms, accurately diagnosing patients early on, and recommending treatment is a valuable service that dentists are uniquely positioned to provide. For patients who have complications wearing dentures due to the effects of xerostomia, implants can improve their quality of life.
CAUTION: When viewing the techniques, procedures, theories and materials that are presented, you must make your own decisions about specific treatment for patients and exercise personal professional judgment regarding the need for further clinical testing or education and your own clinical expertise before trying to implement new procedures.