The Dysfunctional Jaw-Part 2
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 2: This presentation targets Bruxism as a specific condition that begins early in life and continues forever. The dentist can make a significant contribution to a person’s quality of life if this condition can be recognized and managed. Signs and symptoms of Bruxism are shown along with treatment strategies. The second half of part 2 will focus on acute insults to the jaw complex. Acute insults result in an injury. That injury is most commonly characterized by inflammation. If the inflammation resolves the injury is forgotten. If the inflammation does not resolve, the incident morphs into Chronic TMD. Signs and symptoms of acute insults are presented along with treatment and management strategies.
At the conclusion of this course the participant should be able to: