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2018 Annual Session Conference

How Can the Orthodontist Help the TMD Patient

May 5, 2018 1:15pm ‐ May 5, 2018 2:00pm


Patients are often referred to the orthodontist for the management of TMD. Is this a reasonable referral or a naïve approach? As an orthodontist, do you encourage these referrals or dread them? This presentation will discuss when should orthodontic therapy be considered for the TMD patient and when should it be avoided. Nothing is more discouraging to the patient, and the orthodontist, than to finish the case and have the patient report, “but it still hurt”. This presentation will discuss issues that will help reduce these unfavorable results.

Learning Objectives:

  • List three important questions that should be asked before orthodontic therapy is considered. 
  • Describe the most critical examination finding that would influence your selection of orthodontic therapy for a TMD patient. 
  • Describe the orthodontic treatment goals that would be appropriate for the TMD patient.


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