Facial Pain NOT Caused by Teeth
Facial Pain Not Caused by Teeth is a three lecture series. In these lectures he addresses facial pain of non-odontogenic origin and challenges the practitioner to get out of the comfort zone that compels them to search for dental answers for patients presenting facial pain. He points out that it is not always teeth. His lectures point out, both by example and case presentations various reasons for facial pain that is not from the teeth. He also discusses possible answers to diagnosis and follow up for these patients.
In Lecture #1 of the series he reviews facial pain that can be referred from the chest or neck region and facial pain that may result from systemic disease. In Lecture #2, Jeff discusses the many medical conditions that manifest themselves in the oral cavity that should give the dentist pause to either not treat, or at least not perform any irreversible procedure until the patient consults with the appropriate expert. He guides the participant in how and when to make that decision and who best to refer patients with pain of unknown origin to for further evaluation. In Lecture #3, he reminds the practitioner that when addressing facial pain not caused by teeth, you may find that the diseases involving the ear, the eye, nose sinuses and salivary glands can be a cause of the facial pain. Again Dr. Burgess uses patient narratives that describe both the pain they experience that may be difficult to diagnose and the possibility of mistreatment that can occur when clinicians treat all facial pain as “tooth related”.
By the end of this series, it is quite evident that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to treating facial pain. After each lecture you will be presented with a test that must be successfully completed in order to receive the education credit for the lecture.