Common Soft Tissue Lesions
You will receive 1 credit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course. The purchase price of this course is $49.00


A plethora of diseases affect the tissues of the maxillofacial complex that include developmental, heritable, inflammatory, hyperplastic, neoplastic, metabolic and degenerative processes.

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Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to do the following:

  1. Identify the treatment of choice for multiple aphthae;
  2. Recognize the class of medications to which most oral bullous-desquamative-erosive diseases respond;
  3. Describe the reason why all multifocal red lesions should be biopsied;
  4. Compare a fluctuant mass of the lower lip and a mass of the upper lip;
  5. Link multiple papillomas in the oral mucosa to a suspected lesion;
  6. List a common manifestation of ill-fitting dentures.


A plethora of diseases affect the tissues of the maxillofacial complex. They include developmental, heritable, inflammatory, hyperplastic, neoplastic, metabolic and degenerative processes. Many of these diseases are localized, whereas others are manifestations of systemic or multisystem diseases. Regardless of their pathogenesis, diseases that affect teeth, bones, oral mucosa and salivary tissues result in clinically observable tissue changes that subsume many processes. Soft tissue mucosal diseases can be conveniently grouped into seven different lesion forms; included under each lesion type are specific disease processes of varying etiopathogenesis.



  1. Introduction
  2. Soft tissue Lesions

    2. Ulcers and Vesicles
    3. Bullous/Erosive Lesions
    4. Erythematous Lesions
    5. White Lesions
    6. Pigmentations
    7. Focal Nodular Swellings
    8. Multiple and Papillary Swellings
  3. Summary
  4. Examination

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