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Pain management

Diagnosing, preventing and treating acute and chronic oral pain


Friday 8 March 2019   |   LONDON

Friday 20 September 2019   |   MANCHESTER  


Bookings will open soon


Uncover the latest developments in managing oral pain

This seminar will provide an update on managing oral pain and modern oral surgery procedures that can be carried out in general dental practice. The speakers will also give you an opportunity to further your knowledge and skills by providing guidance on when to treat and when to refer.

The speakers will demonstrate how to diagnose acute and chronic orofacial pain and how to best manage this. The day will incorporate case studies and how you can learn from past circumstances. 


Learning objectives

  • To be familiar with techniques to prevent and manage acute pain
  • To manage chronic trigeminal pain and understanding when to refer complex patients
  • To understand the differential diagnosis of chronic orofacial pain
  • To be aware of how to diagnose and construct an initial treatment plan for TMD suitable for primary care.



 08:30Registration, refreshments and exhibition
09:00Prevention and management of acute pain with minor oral surgery
  • How to minimise pain in oral surgery patients using holistic care
  • Peri operative pain management with optimal LA techniques and medical management of pain and anxiety
  • Minimal access surgical techniques to revert pain and swelling
  • Case studies and what we can learn from them.

Tara Renton, Professor in Oral Surgery, King's College London

10:30Morning refreshments and exhibition
10:50Diagnosing and managing chronic orofacial pain
  • Examining the pathology that may mimic chronic orofacial pain conditions
  • Discussing the diagnoses possible for chronic orofacial pain.

Justin Durham, Professor of Orofacial Pain, Newcastle University

12:20Lunch and exhibition
13:20Managing chronic trigeminal pain
  • Chronic pain overview and management strategies
  • Holistic management of chronic orofacial pain
  • Knowing when to refer and when to treat – examples of past case studies.

Tara Renton, Professor in Oral Surgery, King's College London

14:50Afternoon refreshments and exhibition
15:10Temporomandibular disorders; just another chronic pain?
  • Outlining advances in aetiology of TMDs
  • Exploring factors predicting chronicity and how general dental practitioners may be able to intervene early
  • Considering the evidence underpinning management and illustrate best current management.

Justin Durham, Professor of Orofacial Pain, Newcastle University

16:40Close of seminar



Justin Durham NEW.jpgJustin Durham

Professor of Orofacial Pain, Newcastle University

Justin is a Professor of Orofacial Pain and Deputy Dean of Clinical Medicine at Newcastle University and an Honorary Consultant Oral Surgeon at Newcastle- Upon-Tyne's Hospitals' NHS Foundation Trust in the UK.

Justin was appointed Clinical Fellow/Hon SpR in Oral Surgery at Newcastle University in 2003. He obtained his PhD, "Ideologies and outcomes in Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)", from Newcastle University in 2008. He subsequently completed his oral surgery specialist training and also became the first person in the UK to pass the American Board of Orofacial Pain. He held a prestigious NIHR Clinician Scientist award from 2012-2017, which funded his research into the care pathways in chronic orofacial pain and was promoted to a personal chair in 2017.

In addition to holding a prestigious NIHR award he has previously received the outstanding postdoctoral award from the Behavioural, Epidemiology, and Health Services Research group of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR), for his research into TMDs. His teaching was also acknowledged through the Vice-chancellor's award for excellence in teaching.

Tara Renton photo.pngTara Renton

Professor in Oral Surgery, King's College London

Tara completed her dentistry at Guys, Oral and Maxillofacial surgical training in Melbourne, undertook a PhD in Trigeminal Nerve injury at KCL and senior lectureship at QMUL. Over the past 10 years at KCL, Tara has developed education programmes such as an academic oral surgery training programme as well as the first orofacial pain Masters programme starting in 2017. She has established an international leading programme of trigeminal nerve injury and orofacial pain research publishing over 150 peer reviewed articles and grants.

Tara has set up two patient facing websites, a website advising both patients and clinicians in preventing and managing iatrogenic nerve injury in relation to dentistry and, a website for patients with chronic trigeminal pain.

Tara is on the Dental Update Editorial Board, she has co-edited the BDA clinical manuals for Oral Surgery Books I and II, editor of Warman OFP book and editor of 'The Art of LA' with Andrew Mason. Tara is an elected member of the RCS England FDS Board, the RCS Eng National advisor for Oral Surgery, member of the Oral Surgery SAC and Dental Senate. She represents dentistry on the National Surgical Safety Board, she is London South CLRN lead and she is President of the British Association of Oral Surgeons.



6 hours CPD

The seminar meets the educational criteria set by the GDC for verifiable CPD (6 hours) and is certified by the British Dental Association.



If you wish to stay overnight during the event please contact MICE Concierge our appointed hotel booking agency by email or call
01438 908770.

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