School of Dentistry

Continuing Dental Education

Providing timely and practical continuing education for dental professionals

TMD and Orofacial Pain Miniresidency

TMD and Orofacial Pain Miniresidency

Monday-Wednesday, September 22-24, 2014 

The course is filled from a stand-by list. You can request a place on the standby list and receive priority notification for a future course offering by calling the Office Office of Continuing Dental Education at 800-685-1418 or 612-625-1418 or by sending an email to

Would you like to know which patients will benefit from TMD treatment in your practice? Have you been searching for clinical training in TMD diagnosis and treatment planning?

This hands-on continuing dental education program will give you clinically relevant and evidence-based information from several speakers who are accomplished in their disciplines related to TMD and orofacial pain diagnosis and management. You will receive background information in:

  1. differential diagnosis of TMD, orofacial pain and headaches,
  2. related anatomy,
  3. medical history review,
  4. TMJ examination techniques,
  5. initial treatment for acute TMD patients,
  6. splint therapy,
  7. TMJ radiography,
  8. physical therapy evaluation and treatment,
  9. behavior therapy,
  10. surgical management of TMJ disorders,
  11. management of TMJ locks, and
  12. evidence-based treatment outcomes.

You will benefit from one-on-one mentoring and examining a typical TMD patient. The small group format will enable you to discuss patient cases and to direct your specific questions to the appropriate experts.


You will bring back to your practice knowledge and skills in how to:

  • identify healthy from unhealthy joints.
  • determine how to proceed when your patients have TMD symptoms.
  • identify the muscle and joint causes of TMD pain.
  • discern the type of splint therapy needed for each patient.
  • identify indications for surgical intervention of TMJ pathology.
  • conduct a comprehensive TMD and orofacial pain examination on your patients.
  • identify when to treat and when to refer.
  • work with a physical therapist and a health psychologist during the course of patient treatment.
Who Should Attend

Dentists who want to increase their level of dental care for patients who are experiencing TMD, headache and other orofacial pain conditions and who want to ensure that their patients receive appropriate dental as well as physical and behavioral therapy.

Physical Therapists who want to expand their knowledge and skill with TMD and orofacial pain treatment and who want to team with dentists in their community.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures, discussion, patient demonstration and patient experience with diagnosis and treatment planning of TMD disorders.

Course Instructors

This continuing dental education course is under the direction of Eric L. Schiffman, D.D.S., M.S., Associate Professor and Director, Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain, Department of Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; and includes faculty from the Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain.

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