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Topic: Oral Medicine, TMD, Oral Pain- Diagnosis & Meds

Course Description

Dentists treat patients with pain on a daily basis with the most common pain sources being dental caries and periodontal disease. Dentists are uniquely trained to manage these complaints and do so with great success due to their extensive training and knowledge of the anatomy and function of the trigeminal system and the structures innervated by this unique cranial nerve. However, dentist should be cognizant that there are many other reasons as to why patients present with pain to dental offices. Therefore, the need for a broader understanding and appreciation of less common pain sources and recognition of its consequences is essential in the dental armamentarium for appropriate diagnosis and management. During the last several decades there has been an explosion in evidence-based scientific knowledge regarding these matters. This course will provide the dentist with an overview regarding the understanding, recognition, diagnosis and management of various conditions and disorders within the field of oral and facial pain.

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain an understanding of the neurophysiology of pain mechanisms.
  2. Develop an appreciation for the evolution in the definition and classification of pain.
  3. Enable the taking of a detailed history and clinical examination of the pain patient.
  4. Implementation of an evidence-based approach to the diagnosis and management of muscle and joint conditions related to TMD.
  5. Recognize and appreciate the presence of neuropathic dysfunctional pain disorders.
  6. Develop an understanding of several unique oral facial and pain relationships and description of conditions.
12 hours CE
Dentists$ 875CA


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