This category is dedicated to the physiology, diagnosis and treatment of pain felt in the mouth, jaws, face and other disorders of non-odontogenic origin. Generally, this is pain in the head, face and TM Joint structures that is of non-odontogenic origin. The topic is as much medicine as dentistry and important for practitioners to understand so that referral and or treatment can be accurate and precise for the benefit of our patients. Some key words used in course title or descriptions: Temporomandibular joint (TMJ), Masticatory muscles, Migraines, Headaches, sleep apnea, sleep disordered breathing
Topics may include:
- Orofacial pain pathophysiology
The functional changes that accompany orofacial pain
- Diagnosis and treatment
Education related to the accurate diagnosis of different orofacial pains and their treatments
- Orofacial pain pharmacology
The science/study of how chemical agents and medications are used to treat and how they affect orofacial pain
- Musculoskeletal orofacial pain
Pain that affects the muscles, ligaments, tendons and bones found in the mouth, jaws and face.
- Neuropathic orofacial pain
Pain in the mouth, jaws or face caused by damage or disease affecting the nervous system.
- Headache in orofacial pain
Education related to the co-morbidity of headache in Orofacial pain
- Emerging concepts, techniques, therapies and technology
New technology/procedures and scientific advancements used in any aspect (diagnosis or treatment) of Orofacial Pain
- Product/technology training
Training on proper use of specific products/instruments developed to aid in the diagnosis or treatment of orofacial pain. Product training courses should be directed to current users or a product and focus on proper/safe use. Courses cannot contain any marketing information intended to encourage participants to purchase the product.