dental occlusion

TMD Patients: Diagnosis & Treatment

Course Description

In Examination and Records, a systematic process for conducting a comprehensive examination and taking diagnostic records was developed.  This dental course will pick up where Comprehensive Examination and Records left off and teach a systematic process for advanced records when TMD pathology is suspected.  A systematic process for the evaluation, differential diagnosis and treatment/management of patients exhibiting signs and symptoms of TMD will be developed.  A significant focus will be placed on occlusal splint therapy and the development of an individualized patient management plan of which splint therapy is one component.  The use of occlusal splint therapy in cases of nocturnal bruxism, during and following treatment of certain restorative cases will be included.

(Limited to 20 students)

Learning Objectives

  • Understand when TM joint imaging is indicated and how to order it.
  • Differentiate between different imaging options to include MRI and Cone Beam technologies.
  • Understand what the MRI and CT-Scans are showing and how this information relates to the signs and symptoms of TMD.
  • Understand what insurance codes, including medical, to use when treating TMD problems.
  • Recognize when to use occlusal splint therapy.
  • Differentiate between different types of splints and when to use which type.
  • Fabricate and refine an occlusal splint.
  • Understand the basic concepts of anatomy, physiology, and neuromuscular relationships that must be considered in the development of an individualized management plan.
  • How to efficiently and profitably schedule splint therapy.
  • How to create an appropriate fee structure for service.
  • How to help patients understand the diagnosis and treatment needed so they will accept your recommendations.

Class Hours: Day 1 & 2 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Day 3 – 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Tuition: $4,200 per dentist

CE Credits: 20

Recommended Prerequisite:

Functional Occlusion – From TMJ to Smile Design, Examination and Records, Treatment Planning Functional Esthetic Excellence, and The Art & Science of Equilibration

Target Audience: General Dentists, Specialists

Dates & Locations:
March 6-8, 2014 (Th-Sa) Course held at Mountain West Dental Institute Denver, CO

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The Dawson Academy is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The Dawson Academy designates this activity for 20 credit hours continuing education credits.

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