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Continuing Dental Education

The Non-Odontogenic Toothache – a live webinar

Sowmya Ananthan, DMD

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This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series.


This course is part of the Association for Continuing Dental Education Joint Live Webinar Series*

Course Description

The Non-Odontogenic Toothache: Differential Diagnosis of Orofacial Pain. This presentation is aimed at general dentists as well as specialists. The objective is to give an overview of conditions that mimic a toothache, but are in fact various manifestations of orofacial pain.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Differentially diagnosis: odontogenic, musculoskeletal, neuropathic, neurovascular pain.
  • Perform diagnostic tests for each condition and management.
  • After this presentation, the dentist should be able to distinguish between diverse presentations of
    orofacial pain and make appropriate referrals when indicated.


Dr. Sowmya AnanthanDr. Sowmya Ananthan is a graduate of the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, earning both her DMD and MSD degrees there. Prior to that, she earned a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree from India. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. Dr. Ananthan teaches in the Division of Orofacial Pain at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, in Newark, NJ, where she supervises the residents providing clinical care to patients with complex orofacial pain problems. She is also the Assistant Program & Clinic Director of the Post-Graduate Orofacial Pain Program. She treats patients at the Rutgers Health faculty practice in New Brunswick and Newark, NJ as well as in her private practice in Red Bank, NJ. Dr. Ananthan is an examiner with the American Board of Orofacial Pain and serves as a reviewer for many journals, in addition to being extensively published. Her areas of research include orofacial neuropathic pain, novel therapeutic modalities such as topical medications for the treatment of neuropathic pain and TMD’s, new injection techniques such as the twin nerve block for the management of masticatory myofascial pain. She is a mentor to many residents in the Master’s program, helping them with their research projects and thesis preparation and defense. She has presented abstracts at many national and international level meetings.

Course Logistics

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Online Webinar

The dental professional

11:00am – 1:00pm Pacific Standard time


2 hours


*The University of Washington in conjunction with the Association for Continuing Dental Education (ACDE), along with 30 of its member schools jointly presents the “ACDE Webinar Series”

This series features university-based key opinion leaders presenting numerous topics on multiple dates and times. Presentations are available to meet every dental health care professional’s schedule and interests.

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The University of Washington is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the University of Washington and Oregon Health Sciences University.

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The University of Washington is a member of the Association for Continuing Dental Education.

University of Washington designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.