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Navigating the Maze of Orofacial Pain: From Canker Sore to TMD

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Friday, March 28, 2014


Takako Imai Tanaka, DDS, FDS RCSEd


Samson Ng, BSc(Pharm), DMD, MSc, FRCD(C), FDS RCSEd

Course Overview

This course prepares participants with advanced knowledge of assessment and management of orofacial pain caused by various pathological conditions: from oral mucosal diseases to temporomandibular disorders (TMD). There is much confusion in the field, particularly in the non-odontogenic sources of pain. For safe and effective dental practice, it is important for oral health care providers to understand the complexity of pain in the head and neck regions and be able to assess the condition and formulate appropriate differential diagnoses. Accurate head & neck examination of soft/hard tissue along with interpretation of imaging studies will be presented. Participants will learn from oral medicine/oral pathology experts who present the latest scientific evidence in the field. This course will engage participants through interactive, case-based presentation.

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course participants will be able to:

• Obtain relevant information necessary to distinguish differences between odontogenic pain and non-odonogenic sources of pain.
• Conduct appropriate head and neck /TMJ examination.
• Formulate appropriate lists of differential diagnosis of the orofacial lesions and TMD.
• Know available options to manage orofacial pain based on currently available scientific evidence.
• Engage in a multi-disciplinary approach to chronic orofacial pain.


The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, MI
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Tuition includes continental breakfast and lunch.

Dentist - $230; Allied - $125
UDM Alumni: Dentists - $207; Allied - $112.50

If you choose to pay for a continuing education course by check, please note that the check must be received by UDM within ten (10) days of registration. If the check is not received within ten (10) days of registration, we will assume that you are no longer interested in the course and will remove you from the course roster and you will forfeit your held seat. If you register less than ten (10) days prior to the start of a course, payment will be accepted up to the course start time. If additional time is required, please contact 313-494-6626 prior to registering to make a payment arrangement.


9:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Registration table opens half an hour before the course begins.

CDE Credits

6 hours (Lecture)

This course meets the Michigan licensing requirement of at least one hour of continuing education in Pain and Symptom Management (required each renewal period for dentists and dental hygienists).

Registration Policy

For your convenience you may register up until 3:00 p.m. on the day prior to the start of the course with no additional charge. An additional non-refundable fee of $20 dollars per person, per course will be assessed to any registrations received after 3:00 p.m. the day prior to a course or to any same day or walk in registrations.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Unless otherwise posted, a full refund less $25 will be granted if notification of cancellation is received by the Institute for Advanced Continuing Dental Education office two weeks (14 or more days) prior to the start of the course. If a cancellation is received less than two weeks (13 or less days) prior to the start of a lecture only course, a full refund less $100 will be granted. Refunds cannot be given for same any day cancellations or no-shows.

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