The Great Pretenders: Strategies in Understanding When Pain is NOT of Endodontic Origin

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CE Hours: 2.5 

This presentation will provide a review of current concepts of pain mechanisms, pathways, and referral patterns in the head and neck. Clinical presentations of conditions that commonly create diagnostic confusion will be discussed. Seven different sources of pain that can be felt in the teeth yet not be originating in pulpal and periodontal structures will be presented. Understanding these sources of pain is essential in a dental practice. Keys to differentiating these pains from odontogenic pains will be presented so that the clinician can appropriately diagnosis and manage these conditions.

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the mechanisms responsible for pain referral in the orofacial structures.
  • Recognize and differentiate common orofacial pain disorders that may clinically present as toothache.
  • Describe and conduct a comprehensive pain history, driven by an understanding of common orofacial pain disorders


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5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
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2.50 CE credits  |  Certificate available
2.50 CE credits  |  Certificate available

Donna J. Mattscheck, D.M.D.

Dr. Donna Mattscheck received her D.M.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1992. She completed a general practice residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and a fellowship in orofacial pain at the University of Kentucky. She received her Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Iowa in 1996 and has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics since 2000. She served as pre-doctoral director of endodontics at the University of Minnesota for eight years and has co-authored a chapter in "Pathways of the Pulp." She is a past recipient of the Edward M. Osetek Educator Award, has served on several committees for the American Association of Endodontists, is past treasurer of the Foundation and is past president of the American Board of Endodontics. She was general chair for AAE17 New Orleans. Currently in private practice in Portland, Ore.

Donna J. Mattscheck, D.M.D. 

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financial relationship: Consultant, Sonendo Inc