Temporal Mandibular Dysfunction is a relatively new area in modern dentistry. It has been complicated by the fact that many teaching institutions fail to recognize the importance of normal T.M.J. function. Many clinicians still feel that T.M.D. is essentially a psychosomatic condition primarily found in the menopausal female and should be treated with drug therapy and possibly a flat plane splint.
In reality, T.M.D. has been reported to occur in 35% of all children in America under twelve years of age. There is also abundant evidence in both the dental and medical literature that incorrect restoration and orthodontic procedures can complicate and even initiate severe T.M.D.
The objective of the presentation is to teach the clinician to first recognize and properly diagnose the various stages of T.M.D. Second, to stabilize the T.M.J.´s and eliminate the systemic side effects such as pain and vertigo. And third, to permanently stabilize the case with either T.M.J. orthodontics, reconstruction, equilibration or a combination of these procedures.
Organization of Awareness on Orthodontic Complications