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    About Us

     

    About Orofacial Therapeutics, LP
    Orofacial Therapeutics LP is a San Diego-based medical device company that develops a variety of aids for dentistry and orofacial pain for patients and providers.  Our mission is to facilitate access to care, at the appropriate level for the patient’s condition.  We work with dental and medical providers to provide education and treatment tools that will help providers treat their patients with conservative, cost-effective measures and easy to use diagnostic criteria.

     

    Coming in 2019

    Together with Operability LLC, the Company has developed the Speed-to-Treat™ Home Healing Kit for sale to consumers, hospitals and clinics, the medical and dental community.  The Speed-to-Treat Home Healing kit features a 4-week self-care program for acute head, neck and jaw injury, and includes virtual reality powered by Opera VR, QuickSplint, and other aids.

    FaceMyPain.com, a web-based directory of providers of treatment services for facial pain, headache and TMJ Disorders will be launched in early 2019. Patients and referring doctors and dentists can search for Providers by location, medical indication and type of practice and type of services offered. 

     

    QuickSplint

    The company’s popular aid, QuickSplint®, has been successfully utilized with patients for more than ten years and became available to dentists and dental specialists in 2011. 
    QuickSplint is an interim dental splint that can be fabricated quickly and easily in the dental practice. It is the only dental splint designed specifically for short-term use of up to 1- 4 weeks.

    QuickSplint is FDA 510k cleared, patented and is made in the USA.

     

    Dr. Eli & Dr. Fricton give a brief history of our company and its mission

    Our mission is to collaborate with dental educators to provide diagnostic aids and initial treatment protocols for acute jaw and muscle sprain/strain. We support specialists and general dentists with tools to quickly diagnose and treat your patients effectively while minimizing possible progression to a chronic or more complex condition.

    Dr. Brad Eli: Following my post-graduate training, I spent 10 years in the pain centers of hospitals at both Loma Linda University and University of California San Diego. As an educator and provider, I was part of a multi-disciplinary team of care providers faced with the most challenging pain conditions. During the last 20 years I have been in a private practice environment specializing in the care and treatment of facial pain, TMJ disorders, headache management, and treatment of sleep disordered breathing. I invented the QuickSplint® to address a number of different issues related to the jaw and associated muscles.

    Our mission expanded with the help of Dr. Lee Ann Brady, Dr. John Weston, Dr. Peter Nordland, Dr. Gary Carr, and other dental colleagues. We aim to meet the needs of dentists for practical tools for diagnosing parafunction, minimizing risk of jaw injury from long dental procedures, initiating treatment for acute jaw pain, and determining when to refer to an orofacial pain specialist.

    Dr. James Fricton: We realized that we could make an important contribution to healthcare if we gave dentists a better understanding of how to react to jaw pain on the front lines of dentistry, and how to prevent jaw joint and muscle sprain/strain (JAMSS) that can result from hyperextension of the jaw during long dental procedures. Research has shown us that pain management becomes increasingly difficult if the pain persists.

    We developed a diagnostic protocol called the Speed-to-Treat Protocol for JAMSS, to help dentists have a clear protocol for the diagnosis and treatment of postoperative jaw and muscle pain and a guide to risk assessment for their patients. JAMSS is an acronym for Jaw Joint and Muscle sprain/strain. We have developed several self-care instructions, jaw stretches, and exercises for dentists to provide their patients.

    We encourage adoption of these simple protocols in all dental training programs, whether the QuickSplint or a comparable product is used and recommended. Please contact us for use of our training materials, speaking engagements, or product samples. We welcome your suggestions and feedback.

     

    Brad Eli, DMD, MS

    Temple University DMD

    UCLA full time post-doctoral training (2 years)

    Specialist in Orofacial Pain, TMD and Sleep Disorders

    Diplomate, American Board of Orofacial Pain

    Diplomate, American Sleep and Breathing Academy

    Assistant Professor Anesthesiology / PMR educator for pain center Loma Linda University, UCSD and Scripps

    Holds multiple patents in the fields of sleep and pain

    Private practice specializing in the treatment of jaw, face, head and neck pain and sleep disordered

     

     

     

    James Fricton, DDS, MS

    University of Iowa BS, DDS

    UCLA, Residency and MS, Anesthesiology and Pain Management

    Has dedicated his career to patient care and research in temporomandibular and orofacial pain

    Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Medicine and Public Health

    Numerous Board Positions: AAOP, ABOP, American Pain Society

    Author of TMJ and Craniofacial Pain: Diagnosis and Management in Orofacial Pain and TMJ Disorders