Management of Odontogenic Infections


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About The Presenter

A native of Memphis, Tennessee Dr. Staples received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics with Honors with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1982. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1986 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. After practicing general dentistry for 3 years he returned to UT and completed his Residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1993.

Dr. Staples is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and a fellow of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. He currently is an Assistant Professor in the OMS department at UT and has served on the State of Tennessee Board of Licensing for Health Care Facilities. He has held leadership positions in multiple dental societies and is a member of the UT College of Dentistry Alumni Board of Trustees. He has lectured at the local, regional and national levels and is a partner with the Center for Oral and Facial Surgery of Memphis.

Dr. Staples and his wife Doretha have been married for 18 years and have two daughters Ariel and Deidre. He plays the trumpet with the River City Concert Band and enjoys church activities, running and riding his mountain bike.

  • Course Date: August 27, 2010
  • Location: Memphis
  • Course hours: 8:30am – 11:30am (morning coffee will be provided)
  • CE credit: 3 hours
  • Cost: $75 per participant
  • Course Presenter: Dr. Ron Staples
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This course takes place on the UTHSC campus in the Humphreys General Education Building, at the corner of Madison and Dunlap. Parking is available in the parking garage located at 869 Madison Avenue, next to the building. Parking is $5.

Course Description

This course will provide a comprehensive review of the management of odontogenic infections for the general dentist. A review the pathogenicity of dental infections, pertinent anatomy, appropriate antibiotic therapy, timing of surgical intervention and the performance of an incision and drainage will be given. You will have a practical approach in managing dental infections that can be applied immediately in your practice and prevent an infection from deteriorating into a life threatening situation. At the end of this course you will be able to manage a majority of odontogenic infections that may present in your practice and know when you should refer to a specialist.

The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. 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.

The University of Tennessee designates this activity for 3 hours continuing education credits.