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Management of genetic conditions in dentistry – report from a multiprofessional workshop

Norderyd J*, Bergendal B
 

Aim

Oral symptoms as part of a syndrome are common and dentistry can contribute to the diagnosis. Some inherited conditions are seen only by dentists (e.g. AI) and a few involve risk for malignancy (e.g. adenomatous polyposis).  Genetic counselling is not a routine in dentistry. The aim was to present recommendations when managing genetic conditions with oral manifestations. 

Method

A workshop with dentists, geneticists, and genetic counsellors was arranged to formulate strategies about genetic counselling for dental patients.  

Results

The workshop agreed on strategies concerning genetic management in dentistry, involving the importance of a diagnosis, information to the patient about the diagnosis and its consequences, and referral to appropriate care givers, geneticists and genetic counsellors.

Conclusion

A multiprofessional workshop is useful when discussing areas where different health professionals are represented.  Need for genetic counselling in dentistry is rare but crucial for the few patients involved. Dentists ought to have strategies at hand when needed.

 

 

Uppdaterad: 2013-04-03
Anna Thofelt, Avdelningen för odontologisk radiologi Jönköping, Folktandvården