The Detection and Management of Temporomandibular Disorders in Primary Dental Care

Introduction
Introduction - Temporomandibular Disorders

Most temporomandibular disorders (TMD) responds well to the general dentist's therapy, and self-management is one of the initial therapies they commonly provide. TMD self-management instructions encompasses very cost-effective procedures patients can perform for themselves to manage their symptoms. They are convenient and inexpensive, compared with patients going to practitioners’ offices to receive therapy. Patients generally select and use the portions that they personally find most convenient and effective. Occlusal appliance therapy, behavioral therapy, and/or medications can provide additional benefit and can be provided in combination with the self-management or added later if the patient does not obtain satisfactory improvement from the self-instructions.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Ms. Huggins had no conflicts of interest associated with this course.
  • Dr. Wright has received royalties for authoring Manual of Temporomandibular Disorders, 3rd Edition. Ames, IA. Wiley Blackwell Publishing Co. 2014.

Disclaimer: Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

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