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Orofacial Pain Continuing Education

Different people with toothache

The Many Faces of Toothaches: A Practical Approach to Evaluation of Non-odontogenic Facial Pain

I will teach a virtual orofacial pain continuing education course titled: "The Many Faces of Toothaches: A Practical Approach to Evaluation of Non-odontogenic Facial Pain" on Friday, March 15, 2024, from 9 am to 12 noon. The course will be hosted by Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry.

If you are a healthcare professional interested in improving your clinical skills by recognizing and diagnosing orofacial pain conditions that can sometimes mimic toothaches, I invite you to spend the morning with me virtually.

This continuing education is ideal for general dentists, specialist dentists, first-year oral medicine/orofacial pain residents, dental hygienists, neurologists, family practice, internal medicine, emergency room physicians, etc.

Click the link below to be directed to the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry continuing education website, where you will find more information and registration details.

Girl holding her face because of a toothache

Orofacial Pain Continuing Education: Course Description

When a toothache strikes, most patients automatically assume that it’s the direct result of a structural defect involving the tooth. However, the etiology of facial pain and toothaches is not always that straightforward.

As dentists, it is crucial to identify non-dental causes of facial pain and employ healthy doses of caution when managing these cases.

This course will use a case-based format to review the classification, clinical presentations, evaluation, and differential diagnosis of neuropathic, headache, and musculoskeletal conditions affecting the orofacial region that can sometimes mimic toothaches.

Learner Outcomes

Upon course completion, you will:

  • Know how to complete a detailed history and examination of orofacial pain patients

  • Be familiar with the clinical presentations of neuropathic pain, headache disorders, and musculoskeletal conditions and how they differ from odontogenic pain

  • Know how to utilize diagnostic techniques in the differential diagnosis of orofacial pain

  • Be familiar with muscle referral patterns of pain in the head and neck

  • Understand the importance of interdisciplinary management and indications for referral to dental and medical specialists

Dr. Chizobam Idahosa.


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