Dr. Henry A. Gremillion Memorial Symposium

Henry A. Gremillion, D.D.S., MAGD – 1951-2020

Dr. Gremillion was a long-time faculty member at UFCD having joined the college in 1991 in the Department of Prosthodontics. He later served as on faculty in the Department of Orthodontics and was named director of the Parker E. Mahan Facial Pain Center in 1992. He became a full professor in 2005 was named the Parker E. Mahan Endowed Professor in Orofacial Pain in 2008.

Gremillion was a Louisiana native who graduated in 1977 from the LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry and went on to become a leader in oral health at the local, state and national levels. His many honors include LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry Alumnus of Year in 2001, the school’s highest alumnus award, and the UF College of Dentistry Teacher of the Year in 2002 and 2007. A beloved educator, the Florida Dental Association honored him as the Florida Dental Educator of the Year in 2002 and 2006. He received the Louisiana Academy of General Dentistry Career Service Award in 2003. He was selected as a 2007 Distinguished Professor by the University of Florida Blue Key Society.

In 2008, the American Academy of General Dentistry honored Gremillion with the prestigious Theodore V. Weclew award for contributions to the education of general dentists. In 2009, the Dawson Academy honored him with its Career Service Award. In 2010, he received the American Academy of Orofacial Pain Service Award, and in 2015, the Pierre Fauchard Gold Medal. He was a member of the American Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Fraternity, American Academy of Orofacial Pain, American Pain Society, International Association for the Study of Pain, American Equilibration Society, American Association for Dental Research and International Association for Dental Research.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jeffrey P. Okeson
Dean, College of Dentistry
University of Kentucky

Dr. Jeffrey P. Okeson is a full professor in the UK College of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Science, where he is also chairman, as well as director of the Orofacial Pain Center, which he established in 1977.

Okeson is an accomplished teacher, clinical investigator, mentor and clinician who has presented more than 1,100 invited lectures on orofacial pain in all 50 states and in 54 different countries. He has published more than 230 peer reviewed articles and chapters. He has also authored two textbooks on temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and orofacial pain. The seventh edition of his textbook, “Management of Temporomandibular Disorders and Occlusion,” is used in most of U.S. dental schools, as well as in many other countries, and has been translated into 11 languages. Okeson has also written “Bell’s Oral and Facial Pains,” which has been translated into six different foreign languages and is used in orofacial pain programs throughout the world.

He has received the UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award, the Provost’s Distinguished Service Professorship, the American Academy of Orofacial Pain’s Service Award, the Governor’s Council on Postsecondary Education Acorn Award and the first Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Dentistry. Okeson has also received The International Dentist of the Year Award from the Academy of Dentistry International. This is the highest award recognized by this academy and was given to him in recognition of his worldwide efforts in providing education in the areas of TMD and orofacial pain.

Okeson is an active member of many TMD and orofacial pain organizations, holding many offices and serving on numerous committees and boards. He is a past president of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and former editor of the Academy’s Guidelines. He is a founding Diplomate and twice past president of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. The graduate training program in orofacial pain he established at the University of Kentucky has become an international standard with more than 50 graduates originating from 23 foreign countries.
Okeson was inducted into the 2015 Hall of Distinguished Alumni.


This course will focus primarily on the TMD aspects of orofacial pain. TMD etiologic considerations will be discussed along with TMJ function and dysfunction so participants will be able to understand the importance of developing sound orthopedic stability in the masticatory system. Management techniques for both masticatory muscle pain disorders and intracapsular TMJ disorders will be presented.


Participants will learn:

  • To identify those pain disorders that will likely respond to your therapy from those that will not.
  • How to differentiate TMD from other sources of orofacial pain.
  • The relationship between occlusion and temporomandibular disorders.
  • The relationship between bruxism and muscle pain.
  • The appropriate use of occlusal appliance therapy for muscle pain and joint pain.
  • When an occlusal appliance reduces the patient’s TMD symptoms, what should do you next?
  • When to consider referring the TMD patient to another health care provider.


Time Topic
08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 10:30 Lecture: Differentiating TMD from other Orofacial Pain Disorders
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:15 Lecture: Etiologic considerations in TMD | Developing sound orthopedic stability in the masticatory system | Function and disfunction of the TMJ
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
01:15 – 02:45 Lecture: Management of Masticatory Muscle Pain Disorders | Is bruxism important
02:45 – 3:00 Break
03:00 – 04:30 Lecture: The Management of Intracapsular TMJ Disorders | Final Comments and Discussion

Registration Information

Location & Contact

UF College of Dentistry
1395 Center Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610