Dentists are the only health care providers that change patients’ occlusion. Therefore, dentists must understand when occlusal factors contribute to mastication dysfunction. Equally important is when occlusal factors do not relate to dysfunction. This presentation will describe orthopedic stability in the masticatory system and establish sound treatment goals for dentists who change patient's' occlusion. Indications will be presented regarding when occlusal changes are indicated for TM Disorders.
- Describe orthopedic stability as it relates to the masticatory structures
- Describe the most stable joint position
- Understand the role of anterior guideline and how it relates to TM Disorders
Dr. Jeffrey Okeson
Dr. Okeson is Professor, Chairman of the Department of Oral Health Science and Director of the College's Orofacial Pain Center, which he established in 1977. His textbook entitled 'Management of Temporomandibular Disorders and Occlusion' is presently in its seventh edition ...