Enhanced Verifiable CPD from the
University of Birmingham

Giant Cell Arteritis and Dentistry


Are you a dental professional aiming to deepen your knowledge of giant cell arteritis (GCA) and its relevance in dentistry, particularly in differentiating it from other conditions with similar presentations? This course is the ideal learning opportunity for you.

GCA, also known as Temporal Arteritis, is a form of vascular inflammation that affects cranial arteries and can present with various symptoms such as severe headaches, jaw claudication, and vision loss. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent irreversible complications. Dental professionals play a very important role in identifying GCA symptoms in patients and initiating timely referrals.

Our course on GCA and dentistry emphasises the importance of distinguishing GCA from conditions like temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), atypical facial pain (AFP), trigeminal neuralgia (TGN), sinusitis, and headaches.

The course offers dental professionals a comprehensive understanding of GCA, its clinical presentation, diagnosis, management, and impact on dental care.

By participating in this course, dental professionals will acquire essential knowledge and skills to effectively diagnose and differentiate GCA from other similar conditions and manage patients accordingly.

Enhance your ability to recognise GCA symptoms, consider differential diagnoses, and provide appropriate care for patients with GCA. Don't miss this opportunity – sign up today for immediate access!

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Aim
The aim of the learning and teaching materials in this Dentaljuce module is to provide dental professionals with a comprehensive understanding of giant cell arteritis (GCA), its clinical presentation, diagnosis, management, and implications for dental care.

Course objective

  • Enhance knowledge of the pathophysiology, clinical features, and diagnostic criteria of GCA.
  • Equip dental professionals with strategies for the appropriate management of dental care in patients with GCA and promote interdisciplinary collaboration.

Anticipated learning outcomes:

The learner will:
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of GCA that may present in a dental setting, such as jaw claudication, headache, scalp tenderness, and facial pain.
  • Understand the importance of considering GCA in the differential diagnosis of facial pain and headache, and be aware of other relevant differential diagnoses.
  • Identify the appropriate steps for referring a patient with suspected GCA to the relevant medical specialist for further evaluation and management.
  • Understand the implications of GCA treatment, such as corticosteroid therapy, on dental care and apply strategies to minimise the risk of complications, including infection and osteonecrosis of the jaw.
  • Develop effective communication skills to educate patients with GCA about the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene, attending regular dental check-ups, and promptly reporting any new or worsening oral symptoms.


GDC Development Outcomes
This CPD will support the learner in meeting the following GDC Development Outcome(s): C.


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