The 29th Annual Dr. Robert Allen Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Lecture
Treating Trigeminal Nerve Injuries and Neuropathies Continued

Thursday, April 21

2 - 5 PM

3 CDE Credits – DDS

About the Course

Patients rely on clinician’s decisions to manage sensory disorders that involve the trigeminal nerve when an injury occurs from a variety of events in the oral and maxillofacial region. Clinicians, in turn, try to make the best decisions possible in providing care that has positive, predictive outcomes. That requires information gathering, coordinating and keeping up with dynamic clinical knowledge.

The first goal of lecture series will be an update on the diagnosis of trigeminal nerve injuries and neuropathies using standard diagnostic algorithms and newer imaging modalities conducted in routine clinical practice. The objective being to provide the clinician tools to provide a diagnosis and prognosis for observation versus treatment that is reliable and reproducible. The second goal of the lecture series will be to provide an update on the various non-surgical and surgical treatment options for the spectrum of trigeminal nerve injuries with or without the presence of neuropathic pain. The objective being to promote consistent, evidence base practice so outcomes will be positive and predictable for both the clinician and the patient.


John R. Zuniga, DMD, MS, PhD

Dr. Zuniga received his dental degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts in 1978. He completed a general dental residency in 1979 and an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital in 1986. He received a MS and PhD in Neuroscience in the Neuroendocrine Unit of the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1986, Center for Brain Research. He was a full-time faculty member of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1986 to 2006. He served as the Program Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency from 1992 to 2005 and was the co-director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Pain Program. He served as chair of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and Parkland Memorial Hospital from 2006 to 2020. He currently is a professor in the Departments of Surgery and Neurology at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas

Dr. Zuniga has authored over 185 contributions to the scientific literature. Dr. Zuniga’s major research interest includes regenerative neuroscience of the trigeminal nerve, acute and chronic orofacial pain and taste function. He has been the recipient of numerous research grants, contracts and awards; he has served as a consultant to the editorial boards of a number of scientific and clinical journals, served on the FDA advisory panel for dental products, the examination committee of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and serves on several research, resident education and faculty committees for AAOMS, the OMS Foundation, the Osteo Sciences Foundation, the ADA, and a founding member of the Global Nerve Foundation.

Conflict of Interest: Consultant for AxoGen Inc

John R. Zuniga, DMD, MS, PhD