Friday, March 22, 2019

Participation Course
TMD Diagnoses and Treatments for
General Practitioners


This participation course consists of a morning presentation and an afternoon of clinical activities. The morning presentation will first discuss initial patient evaluation and a recommended treatment protocol for integrating and utilizing multidisciplinary TMD therapies. This sequence will then be applied to 18 documented cases in which the patient's symptoms and clinical evaluation results are presented, and potential diagnoses and treatments will be discussed. Several of these cases are of patients who present with symptoms similar to TMD, but other diagnoses are determined, i.e., acute pulpalgia, sinusitis, etc. Participants will be taught to identify these disorders from TMD through history and clinical evaluation.

The afternoon clinical activities will involve working with a fellow participant, in which the masticatory and cervical musculature will be palpated, various jaw positions will be reviewed, and various splints brought to the course will be adjusted. The course parallels Dr. Wright's recently published TMD textbook which will be available for purchase at the course for a reduced price.

The course is designed to help dentists more cost effectively obtain maximal therapeutic benefit with their TMD patients. Participants will:
• Understand which allied health professionals are able to help their TMD patients and when they would be most beneficial.
• Learn to identify patients who generally will not respond well to traditional TMD therapy and how that can be changed.
• Gain new insight of the prevalence of referred pain and the pain interconnection between the teeth, masticatory system, and cervicalarea.
• Palpate the masticatory and cervical musculature of a fellow participant.
• Practice mandibular manipulation techniques.
• Adjust a splint that a fellow participant brings to the course.

Edward F. Wright, D.D.S., M.S., is an assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center–San Antonio. He completed a 1-year general dentistry residency, a 2-year TMJ and Craniofacial Pain Fellowship, and a 2-year TMD research fellowship. He is the Course Director for the dental school's TMD Course, Occlusion and TMD Course, Dental Anatomy and Occlusion Course, and Module Director for their stabilization appliance rotation. Dr. Wright is the primary author of 24 journal articles, author of the textbook "Manual of Temporomandibular Disorders," and Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain.

Check-in:, 8:00 AM
Program: Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

UT Health San Antonio, School of Dentistry

Individual: $220.00
KDR: $198.00

AGD Code: 180 Hours: 7

Important Course Information:
Participants must bring to the course a splint they provide their patients. The splint needs to be fabricated to either the participants' maxillary or mandibular arch. The splint may be fabricated from acrylic, soft thermoplastic mouthguard material, or any intermediate material (Flexite, Bruxeze, hard/soft laminated material, etc.). NTI appliances are not recommended and should not be brought. Participants must also bring a long shank acrylic bur and a long shank #6 or #8 round bur. If he or she brings a splint made from soft thermoplastic mouthguard material, the participant must also bring the cast it was molded over. The class will be limited to the first 14 dentists to register.

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