The misconceptions about verifying and and using centric relation (CR) are unfortunately all too common for new and even experienced dentists. The myths that are often associated with CR, ultimately prevent patients from receiving optimal care.
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.
Millions of people suffer from headaches. It has been estimated that over 50% of them are actually of dental origin. We know from Williams and Lundquist EMG studies, as well as Mansour and Reynik's work that posterior interferences increase bite forces dramatically and also increase muscle activity of the masseters and the temporalis.
Hi, everybody. My name is Dr. Leonard Hess. I am one of the senior faculty members here at the Dawson Academy, and I would like to take a few minutes to discuss with you when to use an NTI appliance and when not to.
The question comes up, what does airway have to do with TMD or what does TMD have to with airway problems? And the answer is sometimes there's very little overlap, sometimes there's quite a bit of overlap, and sometimes there's total overlap.
Splints are more than just a piece of plastic you give to patients when you don't know what else to do with them
Occlusal splint therapy can be a great treatment option for those suffering from occluso-muscle disorders and TMD. Given the wrong type of appliance, however, splint therapy can actually do more harm than good for our patients. With an improper or poorly fabricated device, patients can develop increased pain to the joint, an open bite and other serious implications.
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.