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Welcome Invitation

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to attend the Quintessence International Symposium on TMD & Facial Pain and Headache: Bridging the Gap Between Current Research and Clinical Practice. We all know that despite what has been learned from years of both basic and clinical research in the field, many practitioners still have problems treating these patients. Among the numerous reasons for this dilemma is the lack of familiarity with research done in fields outside of dentistry that has direct application to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with various temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) and orofacial pains. It is the intent of this symposium to narrow this knowledge gap and to demonstrate how this information can be applied to improve patient care.

The program will be divided into two parts. The first day will focus on the scientific basis for clinical practice and will include the latest information on such topics as sensory mechanisms of TMD and orofacial pain; biomechanics of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) function; the pathophysiology of myofascial pain and TMD; predicting treatment responsiveness; and genetic aspects of TMD and orofacial pain. The second day will be devoted to discussion of the clinical management of TMD, orofacial pain, and headache patients, with emphasis on an evidencebased approach and how application of the latest basic and clinical research can lead to more successful treatment.

To accomplish the goals of this symposium, we are fortunate to be able to bring together a unique group of distinguished national and international researchers and clinicians who are recognized experts in their fields. We hope that you will join us for this unusual educational opportunity in the Valley of the Sun.

Daniel M. Laskin, DDS, MS, DSc (Hon)
Program Co-Chair

Charles S. Greene, DDS
Program Co-Chair

Program Co-Chairs:
Daniel M. Laskin
Charles S. Greene


  • Rafael Benoliel
  • Reny de Leeuw
  • Michael Detamore
  • Steven B. Graff-Radford
  • Gary M. Heir
  • Howard Israel
  • Tore A. Larheim
  • Gilles Lavigne
  • William Maixner
  • Daniele Manfredini
  • Louis G. Mercuri
  • Dorrit Nitzan
  • Richard Ohrbach
  • Jeffrey P. Okeson
  • Daniel Paesani
  • Sandro Palla
  • Barry J. Sessle
  • Boudewijn Stegenga


Program Objectives

Upon completion of this symposium, participants will be able to:
• Better differentiate among the different TMDs and orofacial pain conditions
• Understand the pathophysiology of the various TMDs and orofacial pain conditions
• Describe the recommended treatments for the different TMDs and orofacial pain conditions as well as their indications and contraindications
• Predict treatment responsiveness in TMD and orofacial pain patients

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