Epidimiological studies suggest that 40-60% of the general population have at least one sign of a temporomandibular disorder (TMD). That means that it's not uncommon for such a patient to present at the dental clinic seeking for advise or treatment. Also some dental procedures such as dental anesthesia, third molar extraction, endodontic treatment might secondary cause such a disorder. The general dentist does not necessarily need to treat this cases if he/she do not feel comfortable with but they should have the knowledge to recognize the disorders, advise the patient and be able to prevent these disorders from happening during routine dental treatment.
Occlusion is one of the most important part of dentistry but also the most controversy. The equilibrium and the restore of function of the stomatognathic system is often an everyday challenge during most dental treatments. For these two distinct reasons the dentist needs to study and fully understand the normal function of the TMJoints, understand how the mandible rests against the cranium in a most favorable position, and of course how occlusion and any dental prosthetic restorations should be adjusted without jeopardizing the stability of the stomatognathic system.
If in your clinical practice you were puzzled with:
-A very loud "clicking" of the TMJ
-A very well adjusted intraoral appliance that fails to address patients symptoms
-A excellent tooth feeling or crown that caused pain in the face and functional limitations
-An extraction that caused limitation of mouth opening to the patient
-A patient that had no stable bite to register
-Full mouth restoration that upon delivery the patient returned with a severe malocclusion
-A painful tooth that is intact and has no clinical reason for the pain symptom
...this seminar might be useful since we will address these clinical everyday problems. The participants will learn the normal function of the TM Joints, the different temporomandibular disorders and how to differentiate diagnose among them and of course how occlusion really affects and how occlusion should be adjusted as a functional part of a healthy stomatognathic system.