Continuing Dental Education

CE1603: Benign? Not So Fast

Challenging Oral Diseases and the Tools to Decipher Them

Dolphine Oda, BDS, MS

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Course Description

This all-day course will cover lesions in nine categories that have benign-looking clinical presentations when, in actuality, most carry a serious or frank malignant diagnosis. The course will cover: soft tissue and bone lesions including diseases of the surface epithelium, focusing on early detection of cancer; gingival swellings in adults and children; palatal swellings, focusing on salivary gland pathology; oral ulcers, focusing on immune mediated diseases but also covering the oral manifestation of gastrointestinal diseases; brown spot(s), focusing on drug-induced and oral malignant melanoma; multiple papillary lesions, focusing on oral HPV-associated diseases, including oral cancer; unilocular radiolucencies, focusing on aggressive oral cysts and cancer metastasis; multilocular radiolucencies, focusing on aggressive odontogenic neoplasms, completely radiopaque lesions (single and multiple), and the latter’s association with Gardner’s syndrome. Every category will start with a clinical case which will be discussed interactively, seeking a differential diagnosis from the audience. The case will serve as the basis for an in-depth discussion of the differential diagnosis, clinical presentation, and final diagnosis based on the histology. Treatment at every level, recurrence rate, and overall prognosis will also be discussed. Clinicians will leave this program with ample knowledge to use when deciding whether or not a certain presentation is truly benign. They will be provided with tools to base their judgment on facts, not uncertain conjecture. This is an enthusiastic, energetic course. It will provide necessary information directly applicable to improving the everyday practice of diagnosing oral diseases.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify which lesions need to be biopsied and which do not.
  • Exercise clinical judgment in differentiating between benign and malignant lesions.
  • Formulate an applied differential diagnosis specific to all nine categories of oral diseases.
  • Identify the oral manifestation of certain systemic diseases.
  • Be proficient in the diseases of HPV and oral cancer.
  • Recognize the effects of e-cigarettes and hookah on oral health.
  • Implement radiolucent and radiopaque lesions of the jaw.


Dolphine OdaDolphine Oda is Professor of Oral Pathology in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the School of Dentistry, University of Washington, and the Director of the UW’s Oral Pathology Biopsy Service. Dr. Oda is on the medical staff at the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. In 2013, she was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Oral Cancer Foundation for over 30 years of service to oral cancer patients. In 2009, she was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award, the UW’s highest honor for outstanding teaching, and has been awarded an additional 30 teaching awards within the School of Dentistry. Dr. Oda’s research interests include molecular changes in oral carcinogenesis and HPV and oral cancer. She has over 70 papers published in refereed journals and publishes a popular monthly column called Case of the Month. Dr. Oda is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and holds a Washington State dental license. She is also a member of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, the International Association of Oral Pathologists, and USCAP.


  • Dr. Oda has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Logistics

Friday, September 23, 2016

University of Washington
Kane Hall, Room 110

Seattle, WA 98195

This course is designed for specialists, dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants.

Download Course Application Form
Register Online (available until two days before the course).

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Early Bird until August 12, 2016
$225.90/Current Dental Alumni Member

Until September 21, 2016 (after, $25 more)
$251/Current Dental Alumni Member

CREDITS: 7 hours

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University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.