Orofacial Pain and the Non-Odontogenic Toothache

Instructor: Jeffrey P Okeson, DMD

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Dates: Friday-Sunday, September 5-7, 2014
Time: (Friday) Reception 5:30 PM- 7:30 PM
 (Saturday and Sunday) 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM 
CE Credits:  8 CE Lecture Credits
Tuition: $425
Salishan Spa and Golf Resort
7760 Highway 101 North PO Box 118 Gleneden Beach, OR 97388

Course Description:

Toothache is a common complaint in the dental office.  Most toothaches have their origin in the pulpal tissues or periodontal structures.  These odontogenic pains are managed well and predictably by dental therapies.  Non-odontogenic toothaches, however, are often difficult to identify and can challenge the diagnostic ability of the clinician. The most important step towards proper management of toothache is to be suspicious that the pain may not be of dental origin.  This presentation will provide a review of current concepts of pain mechanisms, pathways, and referral pattern in the head and neck. Clinical presentations of conditions that commonly create diagnostic confusion will be discussed. Seven different sources of pain that can be felt in the teeth yet not be originating in pulpal and periodontal structures will be presented. Understanding these sources of pain is essential in a dental practice.  Keys to differentiating these pains from odontogenic pains will be presented so that the clinician can appropriately diagnosis and manage these conditions. 


  • Understand common neuropathways and neurotransmitters that are responsible for orofacial pain.
  • Recognize and differentiate common orofacial pain disorders that may clinically present as toothache.
  • Understand the mechanisms responsible for pain referral in the orofacial structures.
  • Be able to differentiate toothache of non-odontogenic from true odontogenic toothache.

He’s the best speaker on the circuit.  He can take complicated material and make it tangible.  I would take it again! ~Dr. Kim Wright   


Dr. Jeffrey Okeson currently is a professor and chairman of the Department of Oral Health Science and director of the Orofacial Pain Center at the University of Kentucky College of Dentisty, where he received his dental degree. He has authored three textbooks and more than 200 other publications and has presented more than 650 lectures on the subject of TMD/orofacial pain widely used worldwide.  Dr. Okeson is an active member of many TMD and orofacial pain organizations holding many offices and serving on numerous committees and boards. He is a distinguished, very sought-after lecturer and has been awarded many honors and recognitions.

This course is co-hosted with the Marshall Baumgartner Study Club

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