Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Diagnosis and Management of Odontogenic
Infections in Pediatric Patients

May 23, 2024, 6-8pm
5600 Porada Dr, Suite 102
Viera, FL 32940
Free Course

William Harrison Bell IV DMD, MD*
Dr. Bell graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology as well as a second Bachelor’s degree in Art Studio.  He then completed his doctorate in dental medicine at Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry before completing a one year General Practice Residency in advanced dental restorative techniques at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry.  From here his training focused on Oral and Maxillofacial reconstruction, with one year of training at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, followed by 6 years of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Louisiana State University in Shreveport Louisiana, where Dr. Bell received his Medical Degree.
Throughout his extensive training, Dr. Bell has maintained his focus on patient centered care.  He specializes in reconstruction of the oral cavity with a focus on in-office sedation, removal of erupted and impacted teeth, reconstruction of the dental complex with dental implant therapy, treatment of benign pathology and trauma, orthognathic surgery, and treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders.

Course Description

Odontogenic infections are a significant challenge for every dental and medical practitioner, and the pediatric population presents particular challenges due to anatomic, physiological and behavioral challenges presented by that population. Additionally, there has been limited support of the local hospital systems in Brevard County for pediatric patients and this has further strained the needs of pediatric patients and created special challenges for the providers who care for them. This CE will give an overview of the diagnosis and management of odontogenic infections in pediatric patients, with an emphasis on guidelines for in office treatments and indications that inpatient or invasive surgical management may be necessary, as well as a review of the current state of antibiotic therapy and interactions with systemic disease.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this CE, the participant will:

Be able to describe the pathophysiology of odontogenic infections
Be able to assess infection severity with an emphasis on identifying life threatening infections
Understand the relationships between odontogenic infections and the fascial spaces of the head and neck
Understand the techniques and indications for in office surgical management
Understand the role of antimicrobial therapy and recognize when to deviate from standard empirical therapy and in what way

Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider approved by American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at www.ada.org/cerp.

*William Harrison Bell IV DMD, MD does not have any disclosures to report.
Members of the CE planning committee have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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