The Dysfunctional Jaw-Part 1
Pain associated with dysfunctional jaw has been called TMJ. As dentistry and medicine have become more sophisticated in this area, a better term was chosen to explain the situation of multiple manifestations causing pain arising from a dysfunctional jaw. Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) is the most accepted current term. This course will emphasize that multiple distinct disorders comprise the world of TMD. By recognizing distinct and different types of TMD; the clinician becomes better able to target treatments and improve outcomes. Each of the four presentations can be viewed individually; but they are best enjoyed as an integrated four part course.
Part 1: This presentation defines the terminology used in the area of pain attributed to a dysfunctional jaw. A serious attempt is made to consider the big picture of pain and appreciate the wide potential of multiple etiologies. A reminder of some medical conditions is used to help the clinician make a proper medical referral when the patient’s pain cannot be attributed to a dysfunctional jaw. A review of classic literature and original observations is presented to explain where some of our most popular concepts came from. This wide ranging review of multiple philosophies allows the presenter to serve as messenger of different ideas, approaches, concepts and thinking concerning pain linked to a dysfunctional jaw. With this information as background the presenter will follow with a distilled and focused approach to diagnosis and treatments of TMD.
At the conclusion of this course the participant should be able to: