Dental procedures often provide a tipping point for the manifestation of pre-existing myogenic and temporomandibular disorders that can masquerade as a toothache. This presentation will focus on the interconnection between physical therapy and the diagnosis and treatment of odontogenic and non-odontogenic orofacial pain, as well as the role of the trained cranio- facial physical therapist as a member of the oral health team.
With the assistance of slides, videos, printed (pdf) materials and interactive exercises the audience will be provided with an understanding of how, why and when a patient should be referred for physical therapy evaluation and treatment, and what outcomes of this therapy may be expected.
- Define and distinguish between myofascial pain, temporomandibular pain, myogenic pain, capsulitis, tendonitis, and arthritic pain.
- Understand and explain the physical therapist’s perspective on the role of airway and tongue in orofacial pain.
- Become familiar with conventional, auxiliary and non-invasive modes of therapy employed by PT, including muscle and fascial manipulation, exercises, acupressure, trigger point manipulation, laser, and dry needling, as these modalities pertain to the sequencing and integration of care.
Dr. Mitchell Davich is a NYC native and honors graduate of The Bronx High School of Science, Union College, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine.
He is a full time endodontic clinician who has practiced in Morristown, New Jersey since 1982. Dr. Davich is an attending at Morristown Memorial Hospital and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Mitchell has trained more than 3 decades of general practice residents in the art and science of endodontics.
Dr. Davich lectures and writes extensively on clinical endodontic practice. He has served in various governance positions at the state and national level. Mitchell is a past-president of the Tri-County Dental Society and the New Jersey Association of Endodontists. He was an AAE District II Board of Director from 2002 to 2005; and the AAE’s treasurer from 2008 to 2009. Mitchell is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Journal of Endodontics.
On the national and international level, Dr. Davich has been elected to fellowship in both the International College of Dentists (FICD) and the American College of Dentists (FACD). He is also a founding member and fellow of the International Academy of Endodontics (FIAE).
The New Jersey Association of Endodontists and District II of the AAE recently honored Dr. Davich by awarding him the Dr. George Feldman Award for Endodontic Excellence. Dr. Feldman, who practiced in Brooklyn, was a man who touched the lives of his endodontic residents, dental students, endodontic colleagues and many dental professionals throughout the metropolitan area. His dedication to his family, profession, friends and faith were an inspiration to all of us. George generously donated his time to five different endodontic programs in the Greater New York area.