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Continuing Dental Education

Trigeminal Nerve Injuries in Dentistry – a live webinar

Vincent B Ziccardi, DDS, MD, FACS

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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

Sensory disturbances to the peripheral branches of the trigeminal nerve can be a debilitating disruption to patients leading to problems with speech, mastication, food and liquid incompetence and difficulty with activities of daily living. These injuries may arise from a number of causes in dentistry. Some of the etiological factors resulting in trigeminal nerve injury are unpreventable, however, more precise surgical techniques and better imaging modalities may help reduce the incidence of these injuries. Injuries to the trigeminal nerve branches are a known and accepted risk in dentistry. It is important for practitioners to explain these risks to patients as part of the informed consent process and to recognize and document the presence of nerve injuries. Patients should be treated in a timely fashion or referred to practitioners skilled in microsurgical techniques for optimal sensory improvement.

Learning Objective

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

  • Understand the anatomy and mechanisms of nerve injury.
  • Review the testing modalities to evaluate trigeminal nerve injuries.
  • Learn about the surgical procedures required to treat trigeminal nerve injuries.
  • Develop understanding of outcomes from trigeminal nerve microsurgery.


Dr. Vincent B. ZiccardiDr. Vincent B. Ziccardi attended college at New York University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. From there, he attended Columbia University and earned his dental degree. Upon graduation from Columbia, he was accepted into the integrated MD/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency training program at the University of Pittsburgh where he earned his MD degree and certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery. It was during this time working with faculty in both the oral and maxillofacial surgery and Neurosurgery departments that he gained interest and experience in the management of trigeminal nerve injuries. Upon completion of training, Dr Ziccardi took a position as Assistant Professor and Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He worked at this institution until taking a position at his current home at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in 1997. While working in New Jersey, he was initially made residency program director in 1998 and ultimately Chair of the department and Chief of Dental Medicine at University Hospital in 2002. He is presently tenured Professor at the University and holds a co-terminus position in the Division of Plastic Surgery. During his career, areas of clinical interest and research have included trigeminal nerve microsurgery, cleft lip and palate reconstruction, complex maxillofacial trauma and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Ziccardi is extensively published and nationally recognized expert in trigeminal nerve microsurgery and speaker within this subject matter. He continues to serve as residency program director, Chair and Chief of Service within University Hospital and Associate Dean of Hospital Affairs as well as the Director of the Craniofacial Center at University Hospital.

Course Logistics

Monday, March 7, 2022

Online Webinar

The Dental Professional

5:00pm – 6:00pm Pacific Standard time


1 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 1 continuing education credits.