Presenter: Jeffrey Okeson, DMD
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Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are a group of musculoskeletal disorders of the masticatory system. These disorders are common and dentists, who are the primary care providers, should have a sound understanding of TMD so that the most appropriate care will be selected for their patients. Often simple care can make big differences in the patient's quality of life. In the past, dentists have attempted to manage their TMD patients utilizing standard dental approaches, which have not always proven to be successful. In fact our profession has many concepts and theories that attempt to solve musculoskeletal problems with dental therapies, many of which have little to no scientific supporting evidence. This course will describe the present evidence that either supports or disproves these concepts, including how occlusion may or may not affect TMD.