The Dysfunctional Jaw - Part 1

Dr. Kenneth Waliszewski graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1971. He proceeded directly into the Graduate Prosthodontic program at Marquette and completed the program with a certificate in prosthodontics and his M.S. degree in 1974. Dr. Waliszewski then joined the U.S. Navy as a prosthodontist at the Balboa Navy Hospital in San Diego, CA and served his country until 1976. He then began a career in private practice that spanned the next 5 decades, while at the same time joined the faculty at Marquette as an adjunct professor where he taught prosthodontics to ­­pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students.

Course Description:

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 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 view individually but they are best enjoyed as an integrated four part course.

Part 1:

The start of this course will be an outlined big picture of TMD types. This presentation defines the terminology used in the area of pain attributed to 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.

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course the participant should be able to:

  • Appreciate the multifaceted nature of TMD.
  • Recognize that not all facial pain is from a dysfunctional jaw. Medical referrals are needed.
  • Recognize the different manifestations of TMD and be able to target treatments to achieve good outcomes.
  • Become updated on current literature and terminology.
  • Review current literature on Botox.
  • Have increased appreciation of what splint therapy is.


Date: 2/27/2018

Registration Ends: 2/25/2018

Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Cost: $99


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