Short answer: a lot.
The study of Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine is a fairly new field of expertise — well, at least when you compare it to the field of dentistry, which has been around for as long as human beings have suffered from aching teeth.
We have structured our program to challenge practicing dentists, who already have mastered the basic skills of dentistry, to learn how to treat the kinds of difficult and complex cases that baffle ordinary practitioners.
For a full run-down of the classes you will take, and the areas of study, please see our page on our curriculum, which contains our complete course list.
The following conditions will be diagnosed and treated or appropriately referred to specialists by our residents at the USC OFPOM Center:
Orofacial Pain conditions such as:
- Chronic facial pain (neurogenous pain & headache)
- Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Temporomandibular Derangements and Arthritis
- Various Oral Soft and Hard Tissue Diseases of Jaws and Mouth
- Salivary Gland Disorders
- Oral Cancer and Precancerous Lesions
- Masticatory musculoskeletal pain
- Neurogenic orofacial pain
- Sleep disorders related to orofacial pain
- Temporomandibular disorders
- Orofacial motor disorders including orofacial dystonias and bruxism
- lntraoral, intracranial, extracranial and systemic disorders
Oral Medicine conditions such as:
- Oral mucosal diseases and infections
- Burning mouth
- lmmunopathologic diseases
- Neoplastic diseases
- Osseous diseases including bisphosphonate osteonecrosis
- Salivary gland disorders and dysfunction
- Pharmacologic-related and systemic disorders that cause oral disease
“You have got to work hard, I mean really hard. This is a tough program, make no doubt about it.”