How to Diagnose and Manage Persistent Pain Following Root Canal Treatment

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CE Hours: 2.0

Course Description:

This lecture reviews current advances in diagnosis and management of non-odontogenic orofacial pain. It will cover the differential diagnosis of orofacial pain, evidence regarding persistent pain following root canal treatment and strategies to address such pain.    

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the differential diagnosis of orofacial pain, focusing more on non-odontogenic pain disorders.
  • Describe the frequencies of patients presenting with pain following root canal treatment and appreciate the level of evidence supporting it.
  • Describe the role of dentists in the management of pain, including preoperative preparation of patients.     






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2.00 CE credits  |  Certificate available
2.00 CE credits  |  Certificate available

Donald R. Nixdorf, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Donald Nixdorf graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Dentistry in 1996. He completed a hospital dentistry residenty and masters at The Ohio State University, anesthesia fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, orofacial pain fellowship at the University of Alberta, an internship within the summer institute in clinical dental research at the University of Washington, and was a visiting research fellow at the University of Oxford with FMRIB. Most recently he completed a master of science in clinic research in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health as a part of his K12 training program. Dr. Nixdorf is an associate professor, division director, and past graduate program director at the University of Minnesota in the division of TMD & orofacial pain. He is an adjunct assistant professor in the department of neurology, research investigator in the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, and the deputy director of the Midwest Region within the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. Dr. Nixdorf is a Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology (NDBA) and the American Board of Orofacial Pain (ABOP). Dr. Nixdorf's research is focused on the topic of persistent non-odontogenic “tooth” pain, exploring issues related to classification, diagnosis, epidemiology, exploration of mechanisms, and treatment options. As well, he is involved in the development of dental MRI as technology to assist in the determination of when local disease is presence or absent. Dr. Nixdorf also maintains a clinical practice restricted to the diagnoses and management of chronic TMD pain, headaches, and neuropathic pain. He sees patients at the University of Minesota School of Dentistry, as well as within the M-Heath hospital system.

Donald R. Nixdorf, D.D.S., M.S. 

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