In this one-hour webinar, Drs. John Cranham and Andrew Cobb demonstrate how using the Complete Dentistry philosophy, we can streamline and perfect our workflows digitally. We discuss the proper equipment, software and techniques to continue your dentistry in an efficient and streamlined process.
In this interactive video Dr. Andrew Cobb discusses how the Denar® Centri-Check is utilized to verify that your mounted models are properly in CR (centric relation).
What things do we look at in the initial exam to determine TMJ health and maybe what do we look at periodically to also assess joint health?
I think the beauty of this whole process is that the complete examination (taught by The Dawson Academy) and the way it is laid out gives us the ability to thoroughly examine our patients and to determine a couple of things.
So what script do we need if we order an MRI on our patient? Now, it used to be, several years ago, that actually MRI was kind of the gold standard for us to look inside the joint. That is not really the case anymore.
So what do we do with the patient that has TMJ pain or has TMD? So this is the symptomatic patient now. So kind of what we'll say is kind of look at maybe a broader swipe and go inside.
If we have a symptomatic TMD patient and are trying to figure out, can we make this patient better or comfortable? How can we stabilize the joints?
Do we have to treat every noise or click that we observe in our patients? And the answer is not necessarily. What I am going to say is we always have to go back to the complete examination.
So one of the big issues and changes in dentistry now is airway and how do we deal with it with our complete concept of dentistry. So one of the things we have to do now as part of the complete exam is we have to add an airway screening into our examination. We've actually already done this in our protocols at The Dawson Academy.
So why do we use an articulator?
When we are trying to work out models two-dimensionally and three-dimensionally, what are the correct solutions for our patient? And simply it is just a mechanical device that gives us a way to be able to observe and work out what is actually happening in our patients.
As Dr. Dawson has said, “Successful outcomes for patients with temporomandibular disorders can be some of the most rewarding experiences in a general dental practice.”
In a study of over 45,000 households, 1 in 5 have suffered from orofacial pain in the last 6 months, illustrating the large opportunity our profession has to provide successful outcomes that can greatly impact patients’ lives.