Tufts First Annual Craniofacial Face Pain Symposium

Course Details

  • Date: Sat., October 18
  • Times: 8am–5pm
  • Tuition: $295
  • Credit: 7 Hours – Lecture (One Opioid Risk-Management Credit included)
  • AGD Code: 190
  • Course #: H10

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Course Director

Dr. SpieringsEGILIUS L. H. SPIERINGS, M.D., Ph.D. Clinical Professor of Craniofacial Pain at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, and Director of the Headache and Face Pain Program at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Spierings is fellowship trained in headache management and board certified in neurology by the Royal Netherlands Medical Association.


The TUSDM Office of Continuing Education invites you to join us for our First Annual Craniofacial Face Pain Symposium. This course will bring together a distinguished group of lecturers to address this important topic from an inter-professional perspective. By establishing this annual lecture, we hope to allow practitioners to come together and build on one another’s experiences, with the ultimate goal of achieving a better understanding of chronic face pain, and delivering improved patient care.

Chronic orofacial pain affects 7% of the general adult population and is a common complaint in dental and medical practice, where it often presents a challenge, both diagnostically and therapeutically. This inter-professional course aims at assisting health-care professionals, dental and medical, to manage face-pain patients better in general or specialty practice.

Symposium Lectures:

  • EGILIUS L. H. SPIERINGS, M.D., Ph.D.: Outline of the diagnosis and treatment of face pain
  • STEVEN J. SCRIVANI, D.D.S., D.Med.Sc.: Cranial-nerve examination as it relates to orofacial neuralgias and painful neuropathies
  • HARSHA V. GOPAL, M.D.: Sinus vacuum and intranasal contact as causes of face pain: diagnosis and treatment
  • RONALD J. KULICH, Ph.D.: Opioid-risk and substance abuse assessment of the patient with face pain
  • GEORGE E. MALONEY, D.M.D.: Peripheral non-neuropathic face pain: diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular disorder
  • DAVID KEITH, D.M.D.: Off-label treatment of myofascial temporomandibular disorder with botulinum toxin

Learning Objectives

  • Develop a systematic approach to the diagnosis of face pain
  • Explain the various treatment modalities for face pain
  • Discuss the most common neuropathic face-pain conditions
  • Develop the ability to exam the face-pain patient from a neurological perspective
  • Distinguish the etiology of face pain related to the nose and sinuses
  • Describe the association of chronic orofacial pain with long-term opioid use
  • Develop the skill to assess the face-pain patient for opioid risk and substance abuse
  • Diagnose face pain from the perspective of temporomandibular disorder
  • Explain the treatment of myofascial temporomandibular disorder
  • Appraise off-label use of botulinum toxin for temporomandibular disorder