The American Dental
Association has recognized the field of orofacial pain
as the 12th specialty in dentistry.
Recognition of the specialty solidifies another link
between dentistry and medicine, acknowledging that the
orofacial region, oral cavity and masticatory system
are an integral part of total patient care. It is
incumbent upon all clinicians to recognize accepted
diagnostic protocols, have an awareness of
differential diagnosis and appropriate management.
The purpose of these
interactive presentations is to arm clinicians with
diagnostic and clinical skills required to better
understand orofacial pain disorders, their
differential diagnoses and management.
Outline of topics
Differential Diagnosis the
Temporomandibular Joint-Anatomy and
Is Temporomandibular Disorders
Neurovascular Orofacial Pain
Is Migraine a Toothache?
Orofacial Pain from the Physicians
Point of View
Systemic Disorders Causing Facial
Demonstration of Musculoskeletal
Evaluation and the Cranial Nerve Exam
Post-Implant Neuropathy and
What to Do When Things Go Wrong!
Pharmacotherapy of Orofacial Pain
Itís Not Pain Unless the Brain Says
Ominous Diagnoses: Case-based
Presentation and Group Discussion
Additional Topics at upon Request of
This course will be a series
of lectures, with the opportunity for students to
interact with each other and they presenter. The
presenter will be available by email for any follow-up
discussions at the conclusion of the program.
General dentists and
specialists and staff.
The most important factor in
differential diagnosis of artificial pain disorders is
the ability to recognize when something is out of
place. This begins with the observation of the
patient, even as they enter the waiting room. Staff
interactions can be quite revealing as well. To
paraphrase William Osler, observation and listening
are essential components of differential diagnosis.
What you see what you hear what you touch will lead
you; If you listen, the patient will tell you the
Participants in this program
will gain a greater awareness of orofacial pain, the
role of the that the practitioner in the medical
community and patient management of chronic complex
orofacial pain disorders. Clinical and diagnostic
tools will be shared with hopefully a lively
discussion of case presentations among participants in