Analysing and diagnosing TMJ and occlusal problems in practice from the start can prevent many hours of frustration and costly mistakes in dental care. Learn how to systematically examine, document and diagnose TMJ and occlusal disease patterns. Prescribe suitable preventive and remedial treatments and ensure that your dentistry stands the test of time by controlling destructive occlusal forces.
This course aims to teach the fundamentals of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and occlusal function and dysfunction for the general dental practitioner.
By the end of the course, the delegate will understand how to:
- examine and analyse a patient’s TMJ function, occlusal scheme and envelope
- diagnose TMJ and occlusal dysfunction and understand the mechanisms by which they occur and the premature damage that deranged occlusions can cause.
Half day of lectures on:
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) normal anatomy and dysfunction
- Examination, recording and diagnosis of TMJ derangements
- Occlusal examination and recording with clinical photography (good experience or a course in clinical photography will be of great benefit)
- The role of occlusion in premature tooth wear or fracture and failure of dental work
- The importance of guidance
- Taking of consistent and reproducible occlusal records for analysis
- The importance of facebows and articulators
- Laboratory stages in casting and mounting casts and verification of accuracy
Practical: Hands on occlusal analysis and record taking of other delegates and providing a diagnosis.
Casting and mounting of models.
Half day of lectures on:
- Rationale for occlusal appliances of different designs
- The role of MRI scanning
- The rationale for and practice of occlusal equilibration
- Decision making for different occlusal problem scenarios
- Planning and designing correct occlusal schemes
- Laboratory communication
Practical: Occlusal equilibration on casts
Case discussions on how certain scenarios would be treated in practice and avoiding pitfalls in unusual occlusal schemes
Bring your nurses!
6 hours of didactic lecturing.
Approximately 8 hours of hands-on practical examination, photographic and video recording of occlusion, record-taking, laboratory steps and use of articulators.
Full printouts of the course will be provided with step-by-step instructions and techniques.
IMPORTANT NOTE: We regret that this course will not cater directly to users of other image manipulation software or Keynote presentations.
Delegates need not bring anything to the course, but they will get much more out of it if they have the following:
- Their own digital SLR camera (ideally full format) with 100 mm macro lens with 1:1 capability and ring flash and / or side flashes with a good speed minimum 16 GB memory card and USB connection cable
- Their own laptop
- Delegates will be photographing each other so remember to bring a toothbrush for after-lunch practical.
Type of CPD (A,B,C or D) based on GDP Enhanced CPD development outcome requirements
Development outcomes in bold
Effective communication with patients, the dental team and others across dentistry, including when obtaining consent, dealing with complaints, and raising concerns when patients are at risk.
Effective management of self and effective management of others or effective work with others in the dental team, in the interests of patients, providing constructive leadership where appropriate.
Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field(s) of practice.
Maintenance of skills, behaviours and attitudes which maintain patient confidence in you and the dental profession and put patients’ interests first.
12 hours of CPD
First time running as stand-alone course in 2020.
All delegates are encouraged to bring their nurses.
The course is restricted to 7 dental surgeons and their dental nurses (14 total).
Lunch and teas / coffees will be served each day and your dietary requirements can be indicated on the accompanying booking form.
Dr Koray Feran