Drawbridge Seminars -- Bringing Research to Practice


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A Discussion Regarding
TREATMENT OBJECTIVES IN TMD MANAGEMENT

Treatment objectives in TMD management are seldom discussed. Although not openly acknowledged, the prevailing paradigm in TMD treatment is no more than symptom management. More definitive treatment objectives are available and can offer an alternative to the chronic exacerbations for which TMDs are known. Understanding these distinctions offers the possibility for the treating individual to truly become a "physician of the masticatory system".
A Discussion Regarding
INTERDISCIPLINARY MANAGEMENT OF TMDS

This paper discusses the value in integrating physical medicine with occlusal appliance therapy in the comprehensive management of TMDs.
A Discussion Regarding
HEADACHE SYMPTOMS IN A TMD HISTORY

Headache is one of the most frequently reported symptoms by TMD patients. This paper discusses how to distinguish TMD headaches from many other types that may have a different origin.
A Discussion Regarding
IMAGING OF THE TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINTS

Many options are currently available for imaging the temporomandibular joints. Each has advantages and shortcomings. This paper discusses when and how imaging should be considered to enhance TMD diagnosis. It offers guidelines for selecting the correct imaging technique, based on the desired diagnostic information
A Discussion Regarding
OCCLUSAL APPLIANCE THERAPY IN TMD MANAGEMENT

Occlusal appliance therapy is ubiquitous in the management of TMDs. This paper discusses why "Splints" work and why they may not.
A Discussion Regarding
DIZZINESS
Its Relationship to TMD Management

The TMD clinician commonly encounters patients who have been the victim of head trauma, which is a common cause of chronic dizziness. Even mild chronic dizziness can have profound implications in the prognosis of a TMD patient. This paper discusses these implications.
A Discussion Regarding
TMD CAUSATION
Consideration of a Multi-Factorial Model

Perhaps the most contentious discussion of the complex issues related to Temporomandibular Disorders is that involving causation (etiology). This paper discussed that issue based on the most current thinking.
A Discussion Regarding
WHEN DOES A PATIENT NEED A "FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS" OF THEIR DENTAL OCCLUSION

Diagnostic mounted models are one of the most valuable, yet underutilized, aids that a dentist has available for evaluating a patient' dental occlusion. This pamphlet descries when this diagnostic procedure should be considered to obtain accurate records.
MASTICATORY PAIN ("TMJ") and RELATED HEADACHES
A Discussion for Non-Dental Health Professionals

Non-dental health care professionals often have little basis for appreciating the unique physiology and function of the masticatory system. this pamphlet briefly describes the ways in which this joint system differs from others in the human body and how its function can be adversely altered to produce the syjptoms commonly known as "TMJ"

 

 

 
   
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