cod. 1007757

Academic year 2022/23
4° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Malattie odontostomatologiche (MED/28)
Discipline odontoiatriche e radiologiche
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
3 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: OROFACIAL PAIN AND DYSFUNCTION

Learning objectives

AIM: reach knowledge and practical skills that allow primary care management and that represent the basis to attend postgraduate dental courses (Specialist Degree, Master, PhD).
The student at the end of the course should be competent at identifying the functional abnormalities of the stomatognatic system and the origin of orofacial pain, asking for appropriate specialist opinion both in the dental and medical fields. The student should have knowledge of the therapies to control pain, of the systems to stabilize occlusion and control load of the masticatory system (behavioural, mechanical, pharmacological). Be competent at the diagnosis of parafunction and have knowledge of the most important dental sleep disorders.


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Course unit content

Anatomy of the temporomandibular joint and masticatory muscles. Physiology of the stomatognathic system. Orofacial pain: differential diagnosis. Temporomandibular disorders: definition, epidemiology, diagnosis (DC/TMD), etiology, management. Dental Sleep Medicine.

Full programme

1. Anatomy of the temporomandibular joint and masticatory muscles.
2. Physiology of the stomatognathic system: mandibular functions and movements.
3. Orofacial pain: differential diagnosis.
4. Neuropathic pain.
5: Temporomandibular disorders: definition, epidemiology, diagnosis (RDC/TMD; DC/TMD), etiology, role of occlusion, management from counseling to CAM, management of oral appliances.
6. Dental Sleep Medicine: OSAS in adults, management, management of MAD, introduction of the dental sleep medicine in the dental practice.
7. Bruxism.


Sleep Medicine for Dentists A Practical Overview Gilles J Lavigne, Peter A. Cistulli, Michael T. Smith Quintessence Publishing Co, Inc
Bell’s Oral and Facial Pain (Formerly Bell's Orofacial Pain), Seventh Edition Okeson, Jeffrey P
Quintessence Publishing Co, Inc
Temporomandibular Disorders: An Evidence-Based Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment
Daniel M. Laskin, Charles S. Greene, William L. Hylander
Quintessence Publishing Co, Inc

Teaching methods

Lectures, clinical case discussion, hands-on training

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam, practical skills evaluation, grading of the participation to teaching activities, MCQ

Other information

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