''TMD Management and Occlusion in 2018: Science or Smoke and Mirrors? and Splint Therapy 2018: What Works, What Doesn't and Why?''

Friday, September 14, 2018

Course Synopsis

What do we know about TMDs and how successful are the current treatments for TMDs (muscle and joint disorders)? How much of your current understanding of face pain and TM disorders is based on good science and anatomical evidence and are able to offer your patient a reasonable and cost-effective method of treatment? Are splints (orthotics) an effective means of managing both muscle and joint disorders? Why are they effective, what type is best for pain and what type is most effective for stabilizing the occlusion?

Learn how splints can provide solutions for seemingly complex problems, how splints are used to resolve TMDs, test the proper OVD in worn dentitions and determine the incisal length and canine guidance before the diagnostic wax-up and tooth preparations. Results are safe, simple, straight-forward and repeatable. Get the science and eliminate the 'smoke and mirrors'.


Course Objectives:

Upon Completion of this course, participants will learn:

  • How to diagnose and separate muscle disorders from TM Joint disorders
  • Important anatomical explanations how malocclusions occur and can be managed
  • How improper use of splints can result in malocclusions, (open-bite malocclusions).

This course is designed for both general dentist and specialists.

One Day, Two Course Options:
Education for Your Entire Team


Course ONE: TMD Management and Occlusion in 2018: Science or Smoke and Mirrors? and Splint Therapy 2018: What Works, What Doesn't and Why?'

Course TWO: Nutrition & Oral Health for Today's Dental Practice

UTHealth School of Dentistry
PACE Center, Continuing Dental Education
7500 Cambridge St., Suite 6152
Houston, TX 77054
Ph: 713-486-4028
Fax: 713-486-4037

Email: UTSDContinuingEd@uth.tmc.edu


Course Fee:

$320 Dentist + 1* Allied Dental Personnel
$175 Allied Dental Personnel

*Information for allied dental personnel is required upon registration.
Unregistered participants will be assessed a $175 walk-in fee.

Course fee is due at time of registration.

Jack R. Winston, DDS Professorship in Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry

The professorship was established at the School of Dentistry in 1981 by the late Jack R. Winston, DDS class of 1943. Dr. Winston wanted to set a professional example by demonstrating the significance of continuing dental education. His personal credo was to help others by contributing his time, skills and resources. Offered to undergraduate dental students and faculty of the School of Dentistry, the lecture will emphasize the field of restorative dentistry. Nationally recognized speakers and distinguished practitioners have presented the lecture yearly since 1983.

About the Presenter(s)



Terry T. Tanaka, DDS, is a clinical professor at the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry, Department of Graduate Prosthodontics; private practice in prosthodontics in Chula Vista, California. He is the founder and director of the "TMD and Restorative Dentistry Study Groups" held at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, since 1982. Dr. Tanaka has published numerous articles and is widely recognized as a research anatomist and for his teaching of advanced restorative procedures. He is highly sought after as a speaker throughout the world and is known for his exciting presentation and clinical skills. His educational videotapes on TM Dysfunction, Anatomy and Implants are used in over 80 medical and dental schools and surgery programs throughout the world. Dr. Tanaka holds Fellowships in the Academy of Dentistry International, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and is a master, Academy of General Dentistry, and is a diplomate, American Board of Orofacial Pain. He is a member of the Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontists, American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, American Academy of Orofacial Pain and the American Equilibration Society, among others.



Credit Hours

180 Occlusion - Lecture: Hours - 4
200 Orofacial Pain - Lecture: Hours - 2

For their continued support and participation in our sponsored programs, UTHealth School of Dentistry gratefully acknowledges:




Time and Location


Check-in, Breakfast & Exhibits:
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM


8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Alumni & Friends Social Scoop:
3:00 PM

Includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch


The Denton A. Cooley, MD & Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center
7440 Cambridge Street
Houston, TX 77054

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