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Category 1 Course

From Oral Lesions to Orofacial Pain: A Review of Commonly Encountered Disorders

Speaker: Dr. Hagen Klieb

February 7, 2025

Category 1 course RCDSO approval pending

Course Description

Part I. Oral Pathology: A Refresher with Emphasis on Common Pitfalls

The diagnosis and management of oral lesions may be challenging particularly as these are not routinely encountered. There are several pitfalls that may result in mismanagement with potential to harm the patient as well as medico-legal consequences.  This lecture will address some of the most commonly encountered pitfalls and errors in oral pathology using a case-based format.  This lecture will also serve as a general oral pathology refresher course.

Part II: Temporomandibular Joint Disorders: From simple concepts to advanced strategies

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMDs) are frequently encountered, but in general, poorly understood.  This is further complicated by the plethora of studies of various quality and with conflicting results.  This lecture with delve into the diagnostic methodologies and contemporary treatment modalities ; fostering a deeper understanding of this often complex condition.

  • Outline and Learning Objectives – Part 1

    The head and neck examination, including:

    • Proper technique and frequently asked questions
    • Patterns of neck metastasis and diagnostic/referral pathways
    • Pitfalls including commonly missed subsites and normal anatomic variants.

    The specialist referral, including:

    • Appropriate versus inappropriate referral types and avenues
    • Pitfalls including patient anxiety and refusal
    • Advances to address limited access to specialists including virtual dentistry

    Information resources, including:

    • Types of information resources along with emphasis on newer technologies e.g. social media, artificial intelligence

    Oral cancer and changing trends, including:

    • Changing trends in oral cancer epidemiology in Ontario
    • Traditional risk factors and a current understanding of potential risk factors e.g. vaping, cannabis, chronic trauma, etc.

    Identification of patients at risk for oral cancer, including:

    • Current understanding of precancerous lesions (e.g. leukoplakia, erythroplakia, actinic cheilitis, lichen planus, etc.)
    • Recognition, diagnosis and management

    Interdisciplinary communication, including

    • Reasons for miscommunication and potential consequences
    • Appropriate generalist-specialist and specialist-specialist interactions

    Outline and Learning Objectives – Part 2

    General Concepts, including:

    • TMD classification, etiology

    Diagnostic process, including

    • Armamentarium, examination and differential diagnosis

    TMD cases, with emphasis on:

    • The spectrum of patients encountered; from simplex to complex cases as well as mimickers
    • Evidence-based management.
  • Please arrive within 30 minutes before the course start time to sign in.

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  • Complimentary coffee/tea and lunch are provided for course participants. Please indicate any dietary restrictions upon registration.

  • Cancellations made more than 10 calendar days before the course start date will receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made within 10 calendar days of the course start date.

    Refunds will not be issued for registrants who do not attend, regardless of reason for absence.

    Registrations cannot be transferred to another individual.

    To cancel your registration, please follow the link and instructions provided in the registration confirmation email. If you are eligible for a refund, the refund will be processed automatically upon cancellation. Please allow 3-5 business days for the transaction to be completed.

    Continuing Dental Education (University of Toronto) reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient registrations, instructor cancellation, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In the event of course cancellation, a full refund will be issued, and registrants will be notified promptly. We are not liable for any associated losses, damages, or expenses, including travel and accommodations.

  • After completing this course, a certificate of completion that indicates the number of Continuing Education (CE) points earned will be sent to you within 7-10 days by email.


Dr. Hagen Klieb, is an oral pathologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre with cross appointments to the departments of maxillofacial sciences and laboratory medicine.  He is active in graduate medical and dental education.  His reach interests pertain to novel management strategies for autoimmune disorders and orofacial pain.

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