Spear Education: TMD – Joints, Muscles, Occlusion and Posture

Aug 13-15, 2015

TMD patients present the restorative dentist with challenges that frequently involve much more than an intimate knowledge of occlusion to address. For many, referral is the preferred action when more than occlusion is involved. For some, providing therapeutic changes to the occlusion with appliances, utilizing physical therapy to re-create muscle harmony, and prescribing diagnostic imaging to review the anatomy can provide invaluable information for the restorative process while providing relief and healing for most TMD patients. This requires knowledge and skills beyond restorative dentistry and occlusion.

Participants Will Learn:

  • Identification and examination of the muscles in the head and neck
  • Agonist and antagonist muscle relationships in TMD patients
  • Why joints break down
  • Why some clicks are dangerous and some are not
  • How and when to order imaging (CT and MRI)
  • Reading and interpreting CT and MRI
  • Identifying patients at high risk for dental treatment
  • To identify postural changes associated with TMD
  • How vision and the vestibular system affect TM disorders
  • Why and how to refer to physical therapy


Kathy Johnson
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John Droter
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Herb Blumenthal
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Gary Dewood
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