New orofacial pain course endorsed

Leading dental body announces accreditation of course created by two international institutions

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh’s Faculty of Dental Surgery has confirmed its accreditation of the Certificate in Orofacial Pain, a new joint course launched by the University of Southern California (USC) and Trinity College’s Dublin Dental University Hospital.

A tutor demonstrates a technique with a student
The course allows busy working professionals to go at their own pace

The course will focus on orofacial pain – a complex area of dentistry in which patients often need very careful diagnoses – and will arm dental professionals with the requisite skills to treat patients living with conditions such as TMD, headaches, and orofacial pain.

Glenn Clark, Professor at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California (USC), Dr Dermot Canavan, Lecturer in Orofacial Pain and Michael O’Sullivan, Director of Graduate Prosthodontics, at Dublin Dental University Hospital, devised the course in a bid to improve understanding and awareness of these conditions and how to treat them.

Professor Phil Taylor, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, said: “This new course covers a very important area of dentistry and I’m glad the Faculty of Dental Surgery has been able to offer its support by announcing its accreditation.

“Orofacial pain can be caused by a wide range of dental issues, so this course has been designed to improve our understanding of these problems, and to improve our ability as dental professionals to help patients suffering with these conditions.”

This endorsement is a first for the Faculty as part of their newly launched accreditation scheme which has been created to provide assurance to dentists that courses are of a high standard and provide quality learning outcomes.

Improving our understanding of orofacial pain (page 21), you can download a PDF of the magazine here.

For more information on the course, visit the Trinity College Dental Hospital website. For more on the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh’s Faculty of Dental Surgery, visit their website.

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Published: 16 December, 2022 at 14:43