Oral Medicine & Orofacial Pain
DIANA MESSADI, DDS, MMSC, DMSC
SECTION CHAIR, ORAL MEDICINE & OROFACIAL PAIN
The Section of Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain is comprised of two separate specialties. Oral Medicine is the specialty of dentistry that centers on the diagnosis and non-surgical management of medically related disorders and oral diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial region. The specialty of Orofacial Pain focuses on the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of chronic orofacial pain disorders and jaw dysfunction.
The educational program this Section offers are extensive with courses for dental students, residents, international preceptors and practicing dentists throughout the world.
The Section is responsible for providing instruction in the areas of dental morphology, clinical evaluation, oral medicine, treatment planning, TMJ diseases and occlusion, and internal medicine and therapeutics. In addition, the Sections' faculty members supervise the Oral Diagnosis and Oral Medicine Predoctoral Clinics and the Advanced Treatment Planning Clinic, in which the students participate by attending week-long block rotations.
The Section offers a two-year residency program in Orofacial Pain for both U.S. graduate and international students. It also offers a two year fellowship program in Geriatric Dentistry.
The Section also supports some of the school's other postgraduate programs by providing seminars in Oral Pathology (in collaboration with the Section of Oral Pathology), mentoring postgraduate student research, and teaching graduate courses in Oral Biology as well as postdoctoral program core courses.
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Faculty members in the Section are involved in research in areas of oral cancer early detection and chemoprevention, HIV oral mucosal immunology, infection control, TMD diseases, wound healing and mechanism of abnormal scar formation and role of the dentist in tobacco cessation. The Section has developed a dentist-assisted tobacco cessation program for 3rd- and 4th-year students.
Recently, faculty members were awarded an R25 NIDCR grant for dental research curriculum development.
The Section has also been involved in the development of HIV Medicine Self-Directed Study Guide--an educational tool created to provide the latest, most comprehensive information available concerning HIV/AIDS related health care. The guide is available through the American Academy of HIV Medicine. In addition, the section has collaborated with the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Centers indeveloping the Dental Standards of Care for HIV positive patients in the Pacific and NW region. The standards are distributed by the LA County Office of AIDS Program and Policy.
Faculty in the Section of Oral Medicine & Orofacial Pain provide clinical supervision in the Predoctoral Dental Clinic, where they assist in oral diagnosic and advanced treatment planning and teach the methods for the clinical care or oral medicine and orofacial pain patients.
Section Faculty also supervise resident dentists in the Graduate Orofacial Pain Clinic.
In addition, Section faculty are direct providers of patient care through the Orofacial Pain & Oral Medicine Faculty Practice.