Diagnosis and Management of Trigeminal Nerve Injuries Lecture
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Diagnosis and Management of Trigeminal Nerve Injuries Lecture

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Dr. Bagheri lectured about the Diagnosis and Management of Trigeminal Nerve Injuries at the University of Tennessee Medical Center on April 22nd, 2015.

This course is designed for oral surgeons and dentists. Dental assistants and other healthcare professionals are also welcome to attend.

The John E. Sullivan, D.D.S. Memorial Endowment was established at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine by friends, colleagues, students and others to recognize Dr. Sullivan’s contributions and his many years of dedicated patient care and devotion to teaching. Earnings from the endowment support visiting lecturers for the biennial Sullivan Lecture.

Through discussion with the appropriate educational committee and the intended audience, competent patient care of peripheral trigeminal nerve injury in oral surgery and dentistry has been identified as a need for continuing dental education in our region.

The provision of all types of dental care routinely and necessarily involves maneuvers and instrumentation in close proximity to the peripheral branches of the second (maxillary, V2) and the third (mandibular, V3) divisions of the trigeminal (fifth cranial, TN) nerve, the principal provider of sensation to the oral cavity, teeth and associated mid- and lower facial structures. Even with the best of care and despite modifications of techniques to reduce risks, injuries to peripheral branches of the TN, especially those of the V3 (lingual, LN; inferior alveolar, IAN; and mental, MN) are an everyday concern to the dentist.

In many instances, the patient who sustains a TN injury as the result of dental care is a source self-doubt, soul-searching and stress for the responsible practitioner. Often lost in the tension of the moment is what to do next and how to go about it in a timely and efficient manner that is in the patient’s best interest. While this situation is often a source of frustration and intimidation, the dentist is obliged to care for the patient in a forthright manner. How and when to do that is the subject of the proposed lecture.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this program the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss the diagnosis of peripheral trigeminal nerve injuries related to oral surgery and dental treatment
  • Discuss timing of surgical intervention of repair of trigeminal nerve injuries
  • Discuss the methods of prevention of trigeminal nerve injuries

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