Medical Problems in Dentistry


Professor Crispian Scully

Medical Problems in Dentistry – Update 2014
Thursday January 16th

Crispian Scully

Crispian Scully is UCL Emeritus Professor; WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Health-General Health Director; International Academy of Oral Oncology President; British Society for Oral Medicine President-elect; Royal College of Surgeons Council Member; Oral Diseases, and Medicina Oral Editor; Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry Associate Editor.

He has >950 MEDLINE papers, 400 research papers, 200 reviews, 150 chapters, 50 clinical papers, 34 authored and 11 edited books. He has been awarded the Colgate-Palmolive Prize of International Association for Dental Research, UCL Fellowship, University Doctorates (Athens, Granada, Helsinki Pretoria), Medals (Helsinki, Granada, Santiago de Compostela), Awards (Spanish, and Greek Oral Medicine Societies), UK Award for Most Outstanding Achievements in Dentistry, and Commander of British Empire (CBE).

Lecture Summary:

New drugs, therapies and devices are encountered on an almost daily basis. There is special
concern in relation to the dental and oral health care in patients with allergies, bleeding
disorders, cardiac conditions and those on drugs that affect orofacial tissues or healthcare.
The literature contains numerous observations on the significance of systemic disorders as
contraindications to dental treatment, although the justification for these statements is often
apparently allegorical – the evidence of their efficacy in these patients being quite sparse:
there is little evidence base and few if any randomised controlled trials (RCTs).
We review the current evidence for the risks associated with dental and oral health care
in a range of systemic conditions. The degree of control of the how and individualized
assessment, encompassing the treatment options available, their invasiveness,
co-morbidities, quality of life and prognosis is indicated.
The benefits of dental care to many patients may well outweigh any risks, but there are
exceptions. Informed consent is crucial.

Prof Scully is a fantastically entertaining speaker afer his lecture you will know how to:

  • How to cope with medical problems in dentistry.
  • How to cope with allergies.
  • How to cope with bleeding problems.
  • How to cope with cardiac patients.
  • How to cope with pregnant patients.
  • how to cope with people with HIV.
  • How to cope with people using drugs.

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