DENTAL ASSESSMENT

Complicated odontogenic infection with sepsis, neck swelling or stridor mandates urgent assessment and management by a senior doctor

See Toothache

See Dental Anatomy

Chief presenting complaint

Past dental history (noted on previous assessment)

Past medical history

Allergies

Medications

Pregnancy state

Examination

Extra oral examination

Inspection

Palpation

 

Oral-examination

Palpation (finger to feel tender spots, lumps, fluctuant swellings and mobile teeth)

Percussion (tapping teeth to elicit symptoms of pain or tenderness)

Inspection

Inspect the teeth last

Palpation

Percussion

Cold sensitivity testing - test with ice chips/ethyl chloride wrapped in gauze (place on crown)
Hot sensitivity - test with warmed dental mirror handle

Investigations

Dr George Chu BDSc MBBS
Ed: Dr. Derek Louey MBBS FACEM