Dr. Matthew Lark was and has practiced general dentistry in Toledo, Ohio for the past 28 years with an emphasis on Temporomandibular Disorders. Orofacial Pain, and Implantology. Dr. Lark is a Fellow and current President of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. He is also an assistant clinical professor at the University of Toledo Medical Center, Department of Dentistry. He became a diplomat of the American Board of Orofacial Pain in 1995, is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, and a Clinical Instructor at the Kois Center in Seattle, Washington and an associate instructor at the Ickert Implant Teaching Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dr. Lark has lectured and published internationally and has been awarded Fellowship in the American and International College of Dentists.
Currently, Dr. Lark is teaching and conducting clinical research using cone beam radiology as a diagnostic aid for implantology, orofacial pain, and airway imaging. Dr. Lark conducted a 15 year retrospective study on arthrocentesis which recently presented to the American Equilibration Society, the American Academy of Temporomandibular Surgeons, and the American Acxademy of Orofacial Pain.
Course Title: Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain for the Restorative Dentist
Co-Presenter: Donald Tanenbaum, DDS, MPH
Overview: The restorative dentist may encounter patients with orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders in the course of daily practice. This course is intended for the dentist who would like a better understanding of this complex topic to be able to decide when to treat and when to refer.
- Diagnose and treat temporomandibular and musculoskeletal disorders
- Differentially diagnose orofacial pain disorders
- Discuss medical conditions that mimic TMD and cause orofacial pain
- Understand the role of imaging in managing the pain patient
- Perform diagnostic and therapeutic blocks of the temporomandibular joint and myofascial trigger points.
- Understand the role of physical self regulation in treatment of the hyperfunction patient
- Develop a working knowledge of the medical management of the orofacial pain patient
- Discuss the role of sleep disordered breathing and autonomic dysregulation in the pain patient
- Perform a basic cranial nerve screening exam and understand the role of neural pathways in the pain patient
- Learn how to obtain a comprehensive history and exam of the orofacial pain / TMD patient
Intended Audience or Format:
- The topics can be introduced in a one day lecture style format but work best as a two day hands-on course in an office or clinic with a small group 10-12 participants.