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, October 3-5, 2016

Note: Both the section for dentists and the section for physical therapists are full for 2016. However, you may request a place on the cancellation list for the 2016 session and receive priority notification for a future course offering by contacting the Office of Continuing Dental Education at 800-685-1418 or 612-625-1418, or email

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 on: 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.


This course is under the direction of Eric L. Schiffman, D.D.S., M.S., Professor and Director, Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, School of Dentistry; and includes faculty from the Division of TMD and Orofacial Pain.

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