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General medicine and surgery for dental practitioners Part 8: Musculoskeletal system

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Mark Greenwood, Dr John Meechan


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Disorders of the musculoskeletal system may impact on dental management in diverse ways. Diseases of the bones may have a direct influence on treatment and joint disorders can also cause difficulties. Cervical spine involvement may lead to poor neck extension causing difficulties in providing dental treatment under local anaesthesia or allowing the provision of a safe general anaesthetic. Muscular disorders may mitigate against safe general anaesthesia. As with all medical disorders a thorough history can help to prevent many of the possible problems which may occur secondary to musculoskeletal diseases.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Greenwood M, Meechan JG

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Dental Journal

Year: 2003

Volume: 195

Issue: 5

Pages: 243-284

ISSN (print): 0007-0610

ISSN (electronic): 1476-5373


DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.4810470

PubMed id: 12973322