Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are a group of musculoskeletal disorders of the masticatory system. These disorders are common and dentists are the primary care providers. Therefore every dentist should have a sound understanding of these disorders so that the most appropriate care will be selected for the patient. Often simple care can make big differences in the patient’s quality of life.
In the past, dentists have attempted to manage their TMD patients by utilising standard dental approaches which have not always proven to be successful. In fact our profession has many concepts and theories that attempt to solve musculoskeletal problems with dental therapies, many of which have little to no scientific support. This presentation will describe the present evidence that either supports or disproves these concepts, including how occlusion may or may not affect TMD. Other areas that will be discussed are etiologic considerations and treatment strategies, including the use of occlusal appliances. This presentation will attempt to separate the facts from the fantasies in the area of TMD.
This participation course will allow the clinician to bring questions regarding issues related to TMD to Dr. Okeson in a small group setting. Each participant will be able to select a TMD patient from his or her practice and record the history and examination on a standard form. The participant will bring this information to the group and Dr. Okeson will lead a discussion on establishing the diagnosis and developing a treatment plan. Dr. Okeson will also be open to discuss any aspect of TMD and orofacial pain these participants wish to deliberate.