7 Spielman Road • Fairfield, NJ 07004

Differential Diagnosis of Orofacial Pain-TMJ Joint Disorders & Non- Odontogenic Toothache [AGD: #182: TMD/#190: Orofacial Pain]


Instructor: Dr. Sowmya Ananthan



Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD)

Learning Objectives:

This presentation is aimed at general dentists as well as specialists. The objective is to give an overview of conditions that affect the orofacial region that are commonly misdiagnosed as a toothache.

Course Description:

  • Anatomy of the TMJ
  • Review of the masticatory muscles
  • Differential diagnosis: muscle vs. joint
  • Diagnostic tests for each condition and management.
  • After this presentation, the dentist should be able to diagnose the various presentations of TMD’s and make appropriate referrals when indicated.

The Non- Odontogenic Toothache: Differential Diagnosis of Orofacial Pain

Course Description:

  • Introduction to orofacial pain and assessment.
  • Differential diagnosis: Odontogenic, musculoskeletal, neuropathic, neurovascular pain.
  • Learn the most common causes of non-Odontogenic pains.
  • Differential diagnosis of myofascial pain, headaches, sinusitis as compared and contrasted with neuropathic pain.
  • Diagnostic tests for each condition and management

Credits:      6 CEU’s     [AGD: #182:TMD #190:Orofacial Pain]        

Instructor: Dr. Sowmya Ananthan Dr. Sowmya Ananthan earned her DMD and MSD degrees at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Now the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine). She teaches there in the Division of Orofacial Pain. Dr. Ananthan is board certified by the American Board of Orofacial Pain. Her research interests include trigeminal neuropathic pain, and the interaction between sleep disorders and pain.

Additional information


Sunday, June 24, 2018 / Time: 9:00am to 3:30pm / Location: DSI: Fairfield, NJ