TMD & Orofacial Pain Mini-Residency 2021 - 2022 (LIVE-STREAMED ONLINE AND ON CAMPUS)

This 7-month long program is divided into three 3-day on campus modules in Boston, Massachusetts and three live-streamed online modules.


Module I: Live-Streamed Online - Saturday, September 11, 2021 - 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST

Module II: On Campus - Thursday-Saturday, November 18-20, 2021

Module III: Live-Streamed Online - Saturday, December 11, 2021  - 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST

Module IV: On Campus - Thursday-Saturday, February 24-26, 2022

Module V: Live-Streamed Online - Saturday, March 26, 2022  - 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST

Module VI: On Campus - Thursday-Saturday, April 21-23, 2022


The registration period has closed for this event.

Course Details



This Mini-Residency program is designed for dentists who want to increase their knowledge of Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) & Orofacial Pain, and is suitable for both beginners and for individuals who have previous experience with TMD & Orofacial Pain patients.


Participants will learn the necessary steps to complete a comprehensive evaluation, and will gain detailed information on the epidemiology, classification, signs and symptoms of different conditions involved in this field. Participants will also receive instruction on how to develop an appropriate plan of care, while understanding when adjunct forms of therapy should be incorporated. The program will provide an understanding regarding the need for a multidisciplinary approach in the management of patients with TMD & Orofacial Pain patients.




On Campus and Live-Streamed Modules:

Lectures by renowned speakers

Workshops / Demonstrations

Case-Based Learning


Guided self-study:

Reading Assignments

Practice Quizzes

Program Directors

NOSHIR R. MEHTA, BDS, DMD, MDS, MS, For over 49 years, Dr. Mehta has been a part of the faculty at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. In 1976, he co-founded the first school based TMD center in the country which grew into the current Craniofacial pain center at Tufts. He is currently a senior adviser to the Craniofacial Pain, Headache and Sleep he co-founded. Dr. Mehta has a special interest in orofacial pain and dental sleep medicine. He lectures nationally and internationally on these topics. Dr. Mehta has received numerous awards from various dental organizations including the prestigious Hayden Stack Award from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and, most recently, 2015 Clinician of the Year from the Massachusetts Dental Society. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals, is editor of the sleep section for the Journal of Craniomandibular and Sleep Practice and sits on the editorial board of several other international publications. He is the senior author of the textbook Head, Face and Neck Pain: Science, Evaluation and Management published by Wiley in 2009. Dr. Mehta received his BDS degree from Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital, India in 1967 and his MDS degree from King Georges College and Hospital Lucknow India in 1969. He earned a Post Graduate certificate in Periodontology in 1971, and then earned a Master of Science from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1973 followed by his IS DMD in 1977.

LEOPOLDO P. CORREA, BDS, MS,  Dr. Correa has been a faculty member at TUSDM Craniofacial Pain Center for over 20 years, receiving his certificate of achievement in Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain under the guidance of his mentor Dr. Noshir R. Mehta and then his Master’s of Sciences Degree at Tufts University. He also serves as Program Director of the division’s two advanced graduate education programs, the Dental Sleep Medicine Fellowship and the Orofacial Pain Advanced Graduate Education program. Dr. Correa is an active member of professional associations such as ADEA, ADA, AADSM, AASM, and WSS. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM), Fellow of the International College of Dentists (ICD), and visiting professor in different dental schools. Dr. Correa has incorporated the teaching of Dental Sleep Medicine into the pre and postgraduate programs, and developed various CE programs at Tufts.

The international reputation Dr. Correa holds is evident from his multiple well-attended continuing education courses, which receive overwhelmingly positive feedback. These include the Temporomandibular Disorders Mini-Residency, Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency, Pediatric Dental Sleep Medicine Mini-Residency , and the Dental Sleep Medicine Comprehensive Introduction. He also has been invited to present at institutions across multiple continents, including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Learning Objectives
  • Comprehend the neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neurotransmitters involved in pain, and the international classification of orofacial pain.

  • Learn a comprehensive assessment of TMD and orofacial pain patients, including clinical history, examination, differential diagnosis, and plan of care.

  • Understand the international classification of headache disorders, including pathogenesis, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and standard management of migraines, tension-type headaches, trigéminal autonomic cephalalgias, and other headaches disorders.

  • Acquire knowledge about neuralgias and intraoral pain disorders such as trigeminal neuralgia, neuropathic pain, odontogenic and non-odontogenic pain disorders.

  • Comprehend the occlusal and skeletal factors contributing to TMD, orofacial pain, and headaches; assessment and treatment modalities of temporomandibular joint and masticatory muscle disorders, and the use and understanding of different hard and soft tissue imaging.

  • Learn the use, limitations, and clinical effects of Botulin Toxin in the management of myofascial pain, headaches, and other pain conditions.

  • Learn the interaction between sleep and pain, common sleep disorders associated with headaches, and the clinical presentation and management of common oromandibular movement disorders.

  • Understand the risk assessment of psychological and medical factors; behavioral management, and pharmacotherapy approach to TMD and orofacial pain patients.




Course Topics

Introduction to Pain:

Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Pain

Neurotransmitters Involved in Pain

International Classification of Orofacial Pain Overview


Assessment of TMD & Orofacial Pain Patients:

History Taking, Comprehensive Pain History Interview

Risk Assessment of Psychological and Medical Factors

Clinical Examination including Cranial Nerves Examination

Differential Diagnosis and Plan of Care


Headache Disorders:

International Classification of Headache Disorders Overview

Migraines and Migraine Variants

Tension Type Headaches

Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias (TACs)

Other Headache Disorders


Neuralgias and Intraoral Pain Disorders:

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Neuropathic Facial Pain

Pain of Odontogenic Origin

Non-Odontogenic Pain


Occlusal and Skeletal Factors to Orofacial Pain and Headaches:

Maxillo-Mandibular Discrepancies

Body Posture, Cervical Disorders, and Headaches

Physical Therapy Approach to Neck Pain and Headaches


Temporomandibular Disorders:

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Masticatory Muscles Disorders

TMJ Imaging (Hard Tissue and Soft Tissue)


Treatment Modalities for Temporomandibular Disorders:

Intraoral Appliance Therapy

Physical Medicine Modalities

Occlusal Therapy

Surgical Management

Behavioral Therapies


Diagnostic and Therapeutic Injections


Pharmacotherapy Approach to TMD & Orofacial Pain:

Analgesics / NSAIDs / Opiods / Muscle Relaxants

Antidepressants / Anticonvulsants

Botulinum Toxin / Neuromodulator Agents / Local Anesthetics


Sleep and Pain:

Sleep and Pain Interaction

Sleep Bruxism

Sleep Disorders and Headaches


Oromandibular Movement Disorders:


Other Mandibular Disorders


Pain Assessment and Behavioral Management:

Screening and Psychological Testing for Pain Conditions

Anxiety, Stress, Depression, and Pain
Biofeedback and Chronic Pain

  • Fabrication, fitting and adjustment of oral appliances
  • Examination of masticatory muscles, TMJ, and neck
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic injections
  • Trigger-point injections
  • Botulinum Toxin administration

Guest Speakers
Alberto Malacarne, DDS
Antonio Romero, DDS, PhD
Athena Papas, DMD, PhD
Brijesh Chandwani, DMD
Chao Lu, DMD
Constantinos Laskarides, DMD, PharmD, FACS
Daniel Carr, MD, FABPM
Daniele Manfredini, DDS, MsC, PhD
David Hatcher, DMD
David Joey Chang, DMD
Giel Spierings, MD
Gilles Lavigne, DDS, PhD
Gregory Essick, DDS, PhD
Karen McCloy, DDS, MS
Khosrow Aroni Kashi, DMD, MS
Marco Volpe, PT, DPT, OCS.
Nischal Singh, DDS, MS
Robert Mier, DDS, MS
Ronald Kulich, PhD
Shuchi Dhadwal, DMD
Steven J. Scrivani, DDS, DMedSc
Ylisabyth (Libby) Brashwa, DO, MS


More to come!

Course Fee

Tuition: $12,000


*Payment Plan: If you would like to take advantage of our payment plan to pay your tuition in 3 equal installments of $4,000 each, please call us to pay by phone at 617.636.6629


Refund Policy for Mini-Residency Programs: Full tuition refund or credit will be given for cancellations received at least one month prior to the course start date. Refunds or tuition credit will not be given after that time or to no-shows.


Wait List Policy: If a CE course obtains enough registrations where a wait list is established, the CE office will notify individuals with unpaid registration balances and ask them to pay their balance to secure their place in the course. If payment is not made to secure their place, the CE office has the right to offer that place to a paying individual on the wait list.


CE Credits

Approximately 125 CEU hours available

Participation CEU hours: Approximately 75 hours are available during modules

Self-Study CEU hours: Approximately 50 hours are available during intermodule assignments







Sponsorship / Exhibitors

This program is sponsored in part by True Function Laboratory.


If you are a company and are interested in sponsoring this program, please contact the Office of Continuing Education at 617.636.6629 or

International Travelers

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This course will be offered with Virtual and In Person modules.


For In Person modules, the program will be held at:


Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

1 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111

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About Us


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