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Orofacial Disorders

Current Therapies in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

  • João N. A. R. Ferreira
  • James Fricton
  • Nelson Rhodus

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Oral Cancer and Premalignant Lesions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Isaäc van der Waal
      Pages 3-13
    3. Douglas E. Peterson, Nelson L. Rhodus
      Pages 15-20
    4. Gary D. Klasser, Joel Epstein
      Pages 21-32
  3. Oral Mucosal Diseases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Andres Pinto
      Pages 35-39
    3. Francina Lozada-Nur, Chelsia Sim
      Pages 41-52
    4. Scott S. De Rossi, Katharine Ciarrocca
      Pages 53-60
  4. Oral Diseases of the Senses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Joseph A. D’Ambrosio
      Pages 63-69
    3. Patricia Lenton
      Pages 71-85
  5. Salivary Gland Dysfunctions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Mahvash Navazesh
      Pages 89-94
    3. Catherine Hong, João N. A. R. Ferreira
      Pages 105-112
  6. Oral Parafunctions and Sleep Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Alan G. Glaros, James Fricton
      Pages 115-125
    3. Antonio G. Romero, João N. A. R. Ferreira
      Pages 127-142
  7. Temporomandibular Disorders and Occlusal Dysfunction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143

About this book


This cutting-edge book is a quick reference guide to the evidence-based evaluation, diagnosis, and management of the broad spectrum of orofacial disorders. Each chapter is devoted to a particular disease or disorder and presents advances in understanding of the condition, the most recent evaluation and diagnostic strategies, and up-to-date treatment approaches. In addition, strategies for integration of care into routine dental practice are explained, and information provided on practice management concepts. The coverage encompasses the latest technological advances in the field, such as gene transfer techniques, new pharmaceuticals, innovations in craniofacial imaging, and intelligent digital records for orofacial disorders. Although the management of orofacial disorders is emerging as a distinct field of dentistry, many dentists and physicians are unfamiliar with recent advances in the care of patients with orofacial disorders, orofacial pain, and headache. This book, written by world class experts, is deliberately geared to the level of understanding of a clinician nonscientist. It will serve as an ideal evidence-based reference and source of specific clinical recommendations in daily practice. 


Oral pathology and cancer Oral mucosal disease Temporomandibular disorders Trigeminal neuropathies and non-odontogenic pain Salivary gland dysfunction Headache management

Editors and affiliations

  • João N. A. R. Ferreira
    • 1
  • James Fricton
    • 2
  • Nelson Rhodus
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of DentistryNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Diagnostic and Surgical SciencesUniversity of MinnesotaEdinaUSA
  3. 3.Diagnostic and Surgical SciencesUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

About the editors

João Nuno Andrade Requicha Ferreira, DDS, MS, PhD, is the Deputy Clinical Coordinator of the TMD/Orofacial Pain Clinic at Singapore’s National University Hospital, and an Assistant Professor and Senior Registrar at the Faculty of Dentistry, National University of Singapore, Singapore. In 2014, he has started the first multi- and inter-disciplinary Orofacial Pain Clinic in Singapore that is focused on state-of-the-art clinical management, research, and undergraduate and postgraduate training programs in orofacial pain. He was a previous clinical research fellow at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at the US National Institutes of Health, and a consultant at the NIDCR’s TMJ Implant Registry and Repository, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, USA. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain, and the past-president of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Neuroscience Scientific Group as well as of the Integrated Clinical and Applied Biomedical Sciences Section (formerly Oral Biology) of the American Dental Education Association.

James R. Fricton, BS, DDS, MS, is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Schools of Dentistry, Medicine and Public Health. He is also Senior Research Investigator for HealthPartners Institute and a pain specialist in the Minnesota Head and Neck Pain Clinic. Dr. Fricton has 30 years of full-time research, teaching, and clinical care, with a focus on temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and orofacial pain. His recent research has been on the development of on-line tools for improving teaching and care for chronic pain including his on-line course on preventing chronic pain at Coursera. He established one of the first interdisciplinary pain clinics and postgraduate training programs in TMD and orofacial pain. His past teaching and research has resulted in 5 textbooks and over 200 publications and abstracts. He served as President of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and the American Board of Orofacial Pain, and is currently President of the International MYOPAIN Society. He was recently honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Orofacial Pain.

Nelson L. Rhodus, DMD, MPH, FACD, FICD, is a Morse Distinguished Professor and Director, Division of Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis and Oral-Maxillofacial Radiology at University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine since 1988 and became president of the board in 2015. Dr. Rhodus is a past-president of the American Academy of Oral Medicine and has served on a number of professional committees, including the Medical-Scientific Advisory Board of the National Oral Cancer Foundation. Dr. Rhodus is an adjunct Professor of Otolaryngology and a member of the Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota Hospital. Dr. Rhodus is an Associate Editor of the journal Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontology. Since 1992, he has been an author of Dental Management of the Medically Compromised Patient (Elsevier), which is among the most popular dental textbooks and has been translated into five languages and distributed internationally.

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