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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

6:00 p.m.

Holly Hills Country Club

Emerging Trends in the Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Orofacial Pain

with Theresa S. Gonzales, DMD,MS,MSS

2 CE Credits - ADG 200 Orofacial Pain

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Course Description


Chronic orofacial pain (COFP) is relatively common with approximately 7% of the general population reporting such symptoms which concomitantly occur with other somatic symptoms that cannot be adequately explained by known organic pathology. While the etiology of COFP is far from certain, there is compatible evidence of central nervous system sensitization and neural reorganization in the brain, brainstem and spinal cord. The trigeminal pain system presents many sites for potential neural dysregulation.  The trigeminal brainstem sensory nuclear complex is an important site for craniofacial nociceptive transmission and may be a key region of neuroplasticity and central sensitization.  There is a growing body of literature that identifies morphological abnormalities in the brains of individuals with chronic pain conditions such chronic oro-facial pain, migraine, chronic back pain, chronic tension type headache and irritable bowel syndrome. This course is designed to update the clinician with deployable contemporary diagnostic and treatment algorithms in our ongoing efforts to responsibly manage orofacial pain.

Course Objectives:

At the completion of the course, participants should have the knowledge and ability to meet the following:

  1. Explain the complex, multidimensional, and individual nature of pain.

  2. Describe the current theories and the science regarding pain and pain management.

  3. Recognize and use validated and reliable tools for the measurement of pain and associated symptoms.

  4. Describe factors than can interfere with or facilitate effective pain management strategies.

  5. Given appropriate information, develop and strategically describe the implementation of an evidence based pain management strategy.


Speaker Description:

Dr. Theresa Gonzales was recently selected to serve as the Executive Director of the American College of Dentists. In 2013, she retired from the United States Army Dental Corps after a long and distinguished career in active federal service to this Nation. Prior to her retirement, she was a nominative selection as the Director of Strategic Communications for the Army Surgeon General. She has commanded formations in Europe, the Middle East and the United States. 


Theresa graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Biology and received her D.M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina. Colonel Gonzales began her military career at Fort Jackson, South Carolina as a resident in the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program. She then completed a residency training program in oral and maxillofacial pathology in 1992 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. In 2006, she completed a two-year fellowship in Orofacial Pain at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School and completed a Master of Science in Health Care from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Gonzales has earned Fellowship status with the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology, the American Academy of Oral Medicine, and the Academy of General Dentistry.  She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and the American Board of Orofacial Pain. She holds Diplomate status as well as with the American Board of Forensic Examiners and the American Board of Forensic Medicine.  She is a Fellow of both the American College and International College of Dentists. Dr. Gonzales’s diverse professional background includes tours as staff assigned to Oral Surgery, Hanau, Germany, Force Dental Surgeon, Multinational Peace Keeping Force in El Gorah, Egypt as well as Chief, of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and William Beaumont Army Medical Center.


Dr. Gonzales has authored over fifty scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and was the recipient of the International College of Dentists Award for Excellence in Research. She has received the Order of Military Medical Merit and the Surgeon General’s A designator for clinical excellence. She graduated with distinction from the United States Army War College in 2008. Theresa is also a Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the Medical University of South Carolina- James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine.