Welcome to What I Wish I Knew by Dental Head Start. This is a podcast where we learn from people that have been there, made the mistakes, learnt the lessons and have developed into the accomplished dental professionals they are today.

It’s your weekly mentoring session.

Hosted by Erica Hwin

“If you cannot replicate the pain, don’t take the tooth out.”

The non-tooth-related toothache – the age old conundrum that seems to trouble all dentists. But what is it really in the hands of an oral medicine specialist?

In this episode, Dr Amanda Phoon Nguyen breaks down orofacial pain – from its presentation and diagnosis to how it might be managed. We talk about what general dentists should expect when these patients present at their door, and how they should liaise with specialists.

This is a dense and fascinating discussion about the complexities of orofacial pain. And whilst it may be beyond the scope of general dentists to treat alone, I think it is crucial to appreciate what it is to understand where we stand in the holistic management and treatment of these patients.

Dr Amanda Phoon Nguyen

Amanda is an Oral Medicine Specialist. Her clinical and research interests include oral mucosal disease, orofacial pain, temporomandibular disorders, dental sleep medicine and paediatric oral medicine. She is an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and on the Board of Studies for Oral Medicine. She publishes and reviews for multiple journals and represents her specialty at multidisciplinary groups. An accomplished international and national speaker, she is passionate about her speciality, regularly lecturing and teaching.


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