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TMD or TMJ: What is It All About?


A patient contacts the office with pain in the jaw and facial muscles; how do you triage and treat?


Temporomandibular Disorders are a group of conditions, often painful, that affects the Temporomandibular Joint and the muscles of mastication. It has been estimated by the National Institutes of Health that approximately 10 million people are affected. During this interactive presentation, attendees will discover the anatomy, signs, symptoms, and treatments available for TMD patients. Understanding the structure and function of the joint and its disease manifestations, participants will be able to understand the frustration that often accompanies the TMD patient.

Learning Objectives:


•  Demonstrate a review of the anatomy of the Temporomandibular Joint
•  Identify the signs and symptoms of TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders) that can be recognized in patients
•  Examine the possible etiological factors which contribute to the development of TMD
•  Discuss the various methods of evaluation and treatment of TMD patients
•  Verbalize the role of the dental team in providing comprehensive care for TMD patients

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