TMD: Contemporary Update with Pragmatic Applications


Thursday, October 28
7:45 – 8:15 p.m. CT
TMD: Contemporary Update with Pragmatic Applications
Donald R. Nixdorf, DDS, MS
University of Minnesota

This presentation will provide an update on the latest research-based findings about temporomandibular disorders (TMD). In addition, how these findings impact dental care for these patients will be discussed. A pragmatic patient-centered approach that has been proven to produce patient satisfaction will be offered.

At the conclusion of this event, attendees should be able to:

  • Recognize the difference between primary and secondary TMD.
  • Identify how disorders comorbid with TMD derive patient outcomes.
  • Gather an appreciation of how the chronification of pain occurs and how this trajectory can be altered.

Biography: Dr. Donald R. Nixdorf is the Director of the Division of TMD & Orofacial Pain at the University of Minnesota and Professor of Diagnostic & Biological Sciences, School of Dentistry and Radiology, Medical School. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1996, completed a GPR at The Ohio State University, an Anesthesia fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, an Orofacial Pain fellowship at the University of Alberta, and a Master of Science in Clinic Research at the University of Minnesota. He is an active member of several dental organizations. He maintains a specialty practice that centers on the diagnoses and management of chronic TMD pain, headaches, and neuropathic pain within a multi-disciplinary setting. His research focuses on the topics of non-odontogenic “tooth” pain from a classification, diagnosis, epidemiology, exploration of mechanisms, and treatment perspectives. Lately, he is engaged in developing MRI technologies for dental applications.