Orofacial Pain (OFP) is an emerging specialty in the United States of America. It has already been recognized as a sub-specialty of Dentistry in several countries such as Canada, and Brazil. The complex nature of OFP conditions and the cross over to other branches of dentistry as well as Medicine make the diagnosis and treatment of OFP conditions often cumbersome and difficult. The lack of coordination and consensus amongst different organizations concerned with the management of these patients also make this a complex issue. TMJ conditions form only a portion of these OFP diagnoses. This one-hour presentation is meant to give a cross section of the basics of OFP/ TMJ/ TMD and direct the attendees to the principles of evidence-based Diagnosis and Treatment plan for these conditions. This short presentation on this vast topic is intended to give restorative dentists and other dental specialties a peek into this immensely important and ever-expanding field of Orofacial Pain and TMD.
Orofacial Pain Basics for Implant Dentists and Restorative Dentists