With ever-increasing expectations that dental practice
will be evidence-based, the areas of TMJ disorders and dental occlusion
continue to have a reputation for being confusing and controversial.
So what IS the scientific evidence that supports an evidence-based approach
to the treatment of temporomandibular disorders?
The dental clinician is presented with several
problems when attempting to read the scientific literature.
First, various articles on the
same topic may appear to contradict one another.
Second, often the dental clinician
does not have a background in statistics and research protocols
and, thus, may have a difficult time understanding much of the
literature that is written by academics.
Third, it is often challenging
to find the clinical significance in much of the scientific literature.
All of these problems make finding the clinical
value in the literature frustrating and many just give up trying.
Where can a conscientious dental clinician go for that “evidence-based”
information we are expected to be aware of and understand.
Drs. Higdon and Howard have been committed students of the scientific literature related to TMD and dental occlusion and have compiled an extensive
database of literature related to these subjects.
This literature, together with their extensive clinical experience,
provides the foundation of Drawbridge Seminars. On this web site
we offer a number of abstracts
and articles on these subjects to any who may have an interest. This body of literature is referred to as the "Core Literature" related to TMD and dental occlusion.
For those who attended one of our seminars, we also make available additional literature that is referenced during the seminar. To access this literature, a reference code will be provided at the seminar which will allow access to the "Seminar-Specific Literature".