Doctor, Why Does It Hurt? Orofacial Pain, Sources, and Treatment



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University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry


San Francisco, CA

Date of Presentation



Despite recommended regular dental checkups, pain is one of the primary reasons patients seek dental treatment. This interactive course will provide advanced knowledge of diagnosis, quantification and treatment of various types of orofacial pain, which include temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Not all pain in this region is odontogenic; therefore, there is a need for dental professionals to understand the complexities of various non-odontogenic sources of pain. Knowledge of head and neck anatomy, including an understanding of the nerve pathways delivering pain, is helpful in differential diagnosis and narrowing the possible sources causing pain in each particular case.

You Will Learn

  • Head and neck anatomy with an emphasis on nerve pathways
  • Techniques for head and neck examinations
  • How to assess diagnostic information required to differentiate sources of odontogenic pain from non-odontogenic sources
  • How to discuss and understand the diagnosis of orofacial lesions and TMD
  • Available treatments to manage orofacial pain

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for all dentists and allied dental professionals interested in the treatment and management of orofacial pain.