JEFFREY P. OKESON, D.M.D:
Dr. Okeson is Professor and Director of the Oral Health Science
Department and Director of the Orofacial Pain Program Faculty of Dentistry
of the University of Kentucky – Lexington, Kentucky – U.S.A., that he
established in 1977. The Centre represents the multidisciplinary effort
in the treatment of chronic problems of the Orofacial Pain.
He developed several post-graduation treatment programs in this Centre,
including the rank of Master in Science of the Orofacial Pain.
Dr. Okeson has about 180 publications in the area of Occlusion, Temporomandibular
Disorders and Orofacial Pain, in newspapers and national and international
magazines. The fifth edition of his book: “Treatment of Temporomandibular
Disorders and Occlusion” was published by C.V. Mosby Publishers. This
text is used in most of the Colleges of Dentistry in The U.S., as in many
other countries. It has been translated to seven different foreign languages.
In complement to this text, Dr. Okeson authorized the sixth edition of
the “Bell’s Orofacial Pain”, that was published by the Quintessence Publishing
Company. This text is widely used in programs of Orofacial Pain all over
Dr. Okeson is an active member in many Temporomandibular Disorders and
Orofacial Pain organizations, managing many offices and serving in several
committees and examination boards. He’s the former president of the American
Academy of Orofacial Pain and founder diplomat of the American Board of
Orofacial Pain, in which is currently president. He has been active in
the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, developing treatment and curriculum
guidelines to Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain. He is the
editor of the AAOP Guidelines, entitled: “Orofacial Pain: Guidelines for
Classification, Assessment and Management” – 3rd edition, published by
He has presented more than 550 lectures about the topic Temporomandibular
Disorders and Orofacial Pain in 48 different American states and in 42
different countries. He has also received several awards from Dentistry
students of the University of Kentucky for distinction as master.