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will present material equal to a post-graduate program
in orofacial pain, but will be presented at a level
for even the beginning clinician. The participants
will be presented with an overview of a university
based program. Discussion is not invited, it is expected.
The International Association for
the Study of Pain defines Orofacial Pain as pain of
the face from local causes, neuropathic disorders or
referred from distinct sites. Because of the multiple
etiologies for pain focusing on the orofacial region,
differential diagnosis is often difficult.
Distinguishing between odontogenic and non-odontogenic
pain, not only can result in treatment failure or
success, but may result in delayed treatment for
Those attending this program will gain insight into non-odontogenic
sources of orofacial pain; diagnosis and managing.
Understand pain mechanism
Know how to treat
Know what to do when things go wrong
Recognize ominous cases
Introduction…What is orofacial pain and how it fits
into daily practice
Biomechanics and assessing the TMJ
Pharmacology of Orofacial Pain
When dental pain can be a headache
The implant looks great, the tissue is healed, but I
can’t restore it because of
pain! What happened? PTTN and other neuropathies following
Chronic Pain: Sensory, Emotional and Cognitive-It’s
Not Pain Until the Brain Says It Is
Scary stuff at the dentist
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BIO: - CV-click
is a past President and a Fellow of the American Academy of
Orofacial, and Past-President and a Diplomate of the
American Board of Orofacial Pain. He is also a Fellow of the
American College of Dentists.
Having pursued his undergraduate
studies at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Dr. Heir graduated from the University of Medicine and
Dentistry of New Jersey with the degree of Doctor of Medical
Dentistry. He is currently a Clinical Professor, Program and
Clinical Director of the Center for Temporomandibular
Disorders and Orofacial Pain of Rutgers School of Dental
Medicine. He is the director of the oral biology post
graduate core module on orofacial pain and director of the
third-year undergraduate orofacial pain lecture series. Dr.
Heir is a member of many professional organizations devoted
to the study and diagnosis of pain disorders.
Dr. Heir has published papers,
chapters and abstracts on topics related to the field of
temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain and has
authored chapters on the assessment of the temporomandibular
disorder patient, and has contributed to other chapters on
TMJ surgery and neuropathic pain. He was the primary author
of the nationally accepted Post-Graduate Core Curriculum in
Orofacial Pain. He is currently the editor of the Orofacial
Pain Fact Sheets on the International Association for the
Study of Pain webpage and the section editor for Pain
Updates for the Journal of the American Dental Association.
Dr. Heir is considered an
authority on orofacial pain in Lyme disease, a debilitating
disorder seen in the United States and other parts of the
world. In 1996, the Governor of New Jersey appointed him to
the Governor’s Lyme Disease Advisory Council for the State
of New Jersey. Dr. Heir served on the Council for twelve
years and was the Council’s Vice Chair.
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