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Soft tissue lesion diagnosis made easier with revised ADA practical guide

September 17, 2018
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What’s even more useful than the best-selling ADA Practical Guide to Soft Tissue Oral Disease?

A new revision of the guide, in light of new diseases being discovered as well as a better understanding of some known diseases.

The second edition of The ADA Practical Guide to Soft Tissue Oral Disease is an updated new edition of the popular guide to oral and maxillofacial diseases that could be encountered in general or specialist dental practices. It is meant as an easy-to-use tool to aid in identifying, diagnosing and treating soft tissue disease in everyday practice with full-color examples and case studies.
“The revision was necessary and warranted because of new reference publications — journals and textbooks — that updated information in the first edition or to include new information since the first edition,” said co-author Dr. Michael Kahn, diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and professor emeritus in the department of oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral medicine and craniofacial pain at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. “Better photographic examples were obtained of some of the diseases illustrated. Lastly, the drug formulary was updated to add new medications and drugs marketed since the first edition and, likewise, remove drugs no longer marketed in the United States.”

In addition to updates to knowledge, references and images throughout, this edition covers new diagnostic methods, narrowband imaging devices and saliva testing. And, unlike the first edition, the second edition includes multiple-choice self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter.

The 280-page guide’s co-author is Dr. J. Michael Hall, a retired associate professor in the department of oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral medicine and craniofacial pain at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.

Emphasizing foundational information on the most common oral diseases, the book provides summaries of essential information for diagnosing and treating soft tissue oral pathology, according to Dr. Kahn. With a focus on clinical decision-making, the book includes important information for diagnosing disease and determining the best course of action.

“General dentists or specialists should have a copy of this book in the dental office to aid the clinician in the evaluation, differential diagnosis formulation, establishment of a provisional and final diagnosis and/or management of their patient’s diagnosed oral mucosal disease,” Dr. Kahn said. “Chapters three and four arrange the lesions’ clinical photographs based on their morphology and color to aid the clinician’s chairside comparison with the lesion in question.”

The guide is also essential for correct diagnoses, and knowing when to refer to another specialist, Dr. Kahn said. “The challenges of accurately diagnosing soft tissue oral disease included a sufficient knowledge base of the patient’s medical and dental histories, an efficient method of performing an extraoral and intraoral soft tissue head and neck examination, the pertinent questions to ask the patient about their lesion’s symptoms as well as recognition of its signs, combined with the clinician’s knowledge of the most common sites, morphology and color(s) of the oral soft tissue lesions.

“Furthermore, the clinician must know and understand the available diagnostic procedures and adjunctive devices that are currently available to aid in the formulation of a suitable differential diagnosis, provisional diagnosis and final diagnosis. The clinician must decide if they are going to perform these procedures or appropriately refer the patient.”

Readers can save 15 percent on the guide and all ADA Catalog products with promo code 18138 until Nov. 23, by visiting or calling 1-800-947-4746.