This comprehensive program focuses on the structural/functional aspect of TMD and Orofacial Pain but also addresses the neurological, psychological, and general health of the patient. Continuum directors and guest lecturers will discuss therapies and devices used to treat TMD and Orofacial Pain, emerging technologies, and share “tried and true” methodologies. Because many physicians and other health care professionals treat orofacial pain patients, they are encouraged and welcome to attend this continuum.
Specialty Designation / Certification
In May of 2020, the American Dental Association recognized Orofacial Pain as a
new specialty. In order to be certified as a specialist in Orofacial Pain, a dentist
must pass both the written and oral exams of the American Board of Orofacial
Pain. If you are interested becoming certified, our continuum can help you prepare
for you future success.
Focus on Functional / Structural Anatomy
LSU School of Dentistry’s Orofacial Pain Continuum is the only one of its kind
in the U.S. which combines a comprehensive focus on TMD and Orofacial Pain
with renowned guest lecturers that are top in their fields (dentistry, sleep
medicine/therapy, physical therapy, etc.), AND dedicates an entire session to
anatomy with dissection.
The clinical application of head, neck, and airway anatomy with dissection session (session 5) places specific emphasis on TMJ anatomy, airway and sinus, and trigger point and diagnostic nerve block anatomy. This in-depth, two-day session lead by Dr. Ronald Auvenshine and Dr. Franklin Dolwick will change the way you look at TMD and Orofacial Pain.
Dr. Auvenshine has a PhD in Anatomy with a specialty in Neuroanatomy and has been a major contributor to the Orofacial Pain Continuum since its inception. He studied under Dr. Parker Mahan, who was one of the most influential clinicians in the field of facial pain. Dr. Dolwick is a world-renowned Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon specializing in the surgical treatment of temporomandibular disorders. He was a pioneer in the development of TMJ arthrography and surgical procedures for the treatment of TMJ internal derangement.
Unique aspects of the continuum:
Continuum Directors: A. Dale Ehrlich, MS, DDS, MAGD; Gary D. Klasser, DMD; Christopher J. Spencer, DDS and Ronald C. Auvenshine, DDS, PhD
Session Dates for The 2021-2022 Continuum: