Mini Residency in TMD and Orofacial Pain

Managing temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and orofacial pain is a complex problem in dentistry. You will leave this mini-residency prepared to diagnose TMD and orofacial pain correctly, integrate scientifically-proven treatment plans, assemble a multidisciplinary care team, and build a referral system that works for your patients and practice.
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February 10, 2022 to February 11, 2022


Lynda J. Young Conference Room
6-410 Moos HS Tower
Minneapolis Campus

Course Number: CF2917

Enrollment is limited to 32


Learn How To  

  • Differentiate temporomandibular disorders from other orofacial pain disorders
  • Determine the relationship between occlusion, bruxism and temporomandibular disorders
  • Establish the association between cervical disorders and orofacial pain disorders
  • Complete a comprehensive pain history and complete a thorough examination of temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain disorders
  • Assess the types of imaging needed in the diagnosis of temporomandibular disorders
  • Consider how clinical psychologists serve on the team when managing orofacial pain disorders
  • Analyze how physical therapists assist in managing orofacial pain disorders
  • Determine the role of pharmacology in managing orofacial pain disorders


  • Orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders 
  • Classification of orofacial pain  
  • Patient communications regarding pain 
  • Ethical considerations in prescribing & pain management 
  • Considerations of the differential diagnosis of orofacial pain  
  • Pain referral in the head and neck  
  • History and examination of the TMD/orofacial pain patient  
  • Psychology of orofacial pain  
  • Physical self-regulation for the chronic orofacial pain patient
  • Imaging for the TMJ    
  • Occlusion, TMD and joint stability 
  • Normal TMJ anatomy and biomechanical function 
  • Intracapsular disorders of the TMJ—etiology and treatment considerations 
  • Differential diagnosis and management of muscle pain disorders
  • Current concepts of sleep-related bruxism
  • Considerations for occlusal appliances for management of muscle pain disorders 
  • Oral medicine considerations of orofacial pain
  • Management of orofacial pain through physical therapy 
  • Differential diagnosis and etiology of intracapsular TMJ disorders      
  • Management of intracapsular TMJ disorders
  • Occlusal appliance considerations 
  • Differential diagnosis and management of the non-odontogenic toothache 
  • Pharmacologic considerations for orofacial pain
  • Non-odontogenic toothache as it relates to neuropathic pain—diagnostic and therapeutic injections 

Training Methods

Illustrated presentations, case studies, patient-based hands-on exercises, and discussion 

Credits and Fees


$1,495 dentist

A $695 deposit is due at the time of registration. The balance of the tuition is due at least four weeks prior to the start of the course.

Tuition includes continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, lunches, materials, supplies and parking.


14.75 hours

Eligible for AGD Mastership credit in occlusion and orofacial pain.

Minnesota Credits

14.75 Fundamental Credit Hours

Includes CORE Subject Area:

  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Ethics
  • Patient Communication
  • Record Keeping 



8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (each day)


Meet Our Course Director

Donald Nixdorf, DDS, MS, is an Associate Professor and the Acting Director of the Division of TMD & Orofacial Pain at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Nixdorf completed his undergraduate students at McGill University, dental studies at The Ohio State University & the University of Alberta, & advanced education at The Ohio State University, the University of Alberta, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Minnesota. His clinical and teaching interests include the diagnosis and management of chronic TMD pain, headaches, and neuropathic pain. His research is focused on the topic of persistent non-odontogenic "tooth" pain, looking at issues related to classification diagnosis, epidemiology, exploration of mechanisms, and treatment options. 

Already Registered


  • Final registration will begin at 7:30 AM on Thursday.
  • Continental breakfast will be available each morning.
  • The program will run from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day.
  • There will be 15-minute refreshment breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Lunch will be provided.

If you have special dietary needs or are disabled and have special needs, please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program date.

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