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This Course is a Live Webinar and will be live-streamed:

8:00 pm ET, 7:00 pm CT, 6:00 pm MT, 5:00 pm AZ, 5:00 pm PT

Most dentists avoid treating TMD patients because we are not confident diagnosing or treating pain problems in the TM joints. While we assume TMD patients present with pain, the far more common clinical presentation of a TMD patient is some type of malocclusion. Class II occlusions, canted occlusal planes, anterior open bites, cross bites, overbites, overjets, facial asymmetries, compressed airway anatomy and worn teeth are all examples of conditions that are the result of anatomic changes in the TM joints. The clinical reality is that every dentist treats TMD patients every day…we just don’t know we are treating TMD patients.
Since we are treating TMD patients daily, it is a good time to rethink TMD. If we can recognize the role TM joints play in malocclusions, we can increase the predictability of our occlusal, orthodontic, restorative, orthognathic and airway treatment. If we recognize the common clinical presentations of joint based malocclusions, we can develop a treatment planning protocol that will help the patient understand the advantages and disadvantages of different treatment options.
This presentation will concentrate on patients you see everyday in your practice. We will discuss how to recognize joint based malocclusions during the clinical exam and what diagnostic tools are necessary to confidently assess the risk factors at the joint level. We will also present a treatment planning protocol that can be used for any patient to help clarify some of the confusion related to the patient who requires restorative treatment and also has structural changes in the TM joints. This presentation will have a strong emphasis on treatment planning through case studies of patients with injured TM joints.
Learning objectives
1. Understand the optimal occlusal design help increase the longevity of our treatment
2. Understand normal soft tissue and hard tissue anatomy in the TM joint
3. Recognize how structural changes in the TM joints impact malocclusions and airway anatomy.

4. Understand how TM joint imaging with MRI and CBCT provides information to develop a treatment planning protocol that will result in increased clinical predictability and case acceptance for the restorative-TMD patient.

James McKee, DDS

Jim McKee has been in private practice since 1984 in Downers Grove, Illinois. Jim sees a wide variety of patients ranging from simple cases to very complex cases requiring an interdisciplinary approach. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Illinois Dental Society and a past-president of the West Suburban branch of the Chicago Dental Society. Jim is also a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and a past-president of the American Equilibration Society. Jim is a visiting faculty member at the Piper Education and Research Center in St. Petersburg, Florida and directs several study clubs.

Shazeen Pardesi, DDS

Dr. Shazeen Pardesi graduated from Marquette University and completed a general practice residency at Jacobi Medical Center. She is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and has received her Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. She has practiced both as a general dentist and at a sleep center; she enjoys the opportunity to work with patients in both contexts. Currently, she is enrolled at the University of Southern California in the Orofacial Pain program. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago, IL with her husband and daughter. 

Course Contact: Angie.Michlig@smilebrands.com

Course Categories: Occlusion / Bruxism / Problems with TMJ

Provider Approval: (AADH) American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Nationally Recognized (AGD-PACE) Academy of General Dentistry Program approval for Continuing Education

Educational Type: Live

Educational Method: Lecture

Prerequisites :


Sponsor(s) : DDS Lab

Conflict of Interest Disclosure: None

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Date / Time

Tue, Jan 30, 2024: 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM CT