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Taste Changes and Other Oral Sensory Phantoms (3 CDE CREDITS)

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Taste changes are both common and complex. It is little known that the two major taste nerves (the chords tympani and the glossopharyngeal nerves) inhibit each other and also inhibit the trigeminal system. Partial taste loss can lead to changes in taste perception, metallic or bitter phantom tastes, to pain, to oral dryness, and to changes in tactile sensation and motor function. As dentists, we frequently see the result of these changes when patients return after dental treatment upset and frustrated because they may have developed one or more of these symptoms. To try and help our patients, we unsuccessfully change fillings, remove implants, prescribe antibiotics, and treat dental and jaw pain, even when the cause is elusive. 

This review will focus on the cause and the consequences of taste loss which can lead in susceptible individuals to burning mouth pain, dental pain and other oral sensory phantoms, and how we as dentists, we can better understand and manage these uncomfortable sensations when they occur in our patients. 

Course Objectives: 

 1. To understand the role of dentistry in the precipitation of taste changes and their consequences. 

2. To understand which patients may be at risk of taste changes and of developing various oral sensory phantoms.

3. To understand how to recognize and manage these changes when they occur.




Dr. Grushka graduated from Dentristry at the Univsersity of Toronto and completed her Ph.D. studies in Dentistry at the same university in 1986. During her Ph. D. studies, she also taught in the Oral Diagnosis, Oral Medicine and Temporomandibular Joint Clinics. During this period, she worked as a Research Fellow at the Toronto General Hospital, "Mouth Clinic", a clinic designed for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with orofacial pain and oral lesions. In 1986, she qualified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Medicine; in 1988, she completed a two year Post-Doctoral fellowship in the area of facial pain. In 1996, Dr. Grushka graduated from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education with an M. Ed. in Counseling Psychology. In 1997, She became a certified Specialist in Oral Medicne in the Province of British Columbia and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. Dr. Grushka has lectured widely throughout Canada and the United States in the field of Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain and has contributed to the scientific literature through both journal articles and book chapters, having authored more than 30 peer-reviewed articles. Since 1998, Dr. Grushka has limited her practice to Oral Medicine in both private and in a hospital based practice. She ran an "Oral Medicine Clinic" at Etobicoke General Hospital between 1988 and 1993 and also served as Chief of Dentistry at EGH from 1990 to 1991.


Tuesday March 7th, 2017, 06:00pm - 09:00pm


$99.00 plus taxes


2300 Yonge Street #901


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