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Diagnosis and Management of TMDs and Occlusion: Problem Solving
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Diagnosis and Management of TMDs and Occlusion: Problem Solving

When: Sunday, September 15, 2019
Where: Doubletree Hotel
222 N Vineyard Ave
Ontario, California  91764
United States
Contact: Yesenia Alvarez

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Diagnosis and Management of TMDs and Occlusion: Problem Solving 


Diagnosis and Management of temporomandibular disorders should be a routine part of every general dentist’s skill set because it affects so many aspects of clinical practice. Though the diagnosis and treatment of TMDs are simple and straightforward, some current therapies continue to resemble smoke and mirrors, due to technological hype and economically driven entrepreneurs. Dr. Tanaka will present a practical and effective science-based approach that is taught in graduate programs. New TMD guidelines will be presented, followed by clinical “patient rounds.” Participants will then apply the guidelines to their restorative and prosthodontic problems in this interactive program.

Why should the dental assistant, receptionist and treatment planning coordinator attend this program? Because the entire staff must be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of the various patients in pain and communicate these to the dentist before the examination and after each hygiene visit. Otherwise the dentist is working in a void without valuable input from everyone else who is communicating with the patient. Be smart, "don't treat strangers" and avoid the remakes and multiple adjustments by working together.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Learn to triage TMDs from orofacial pain disorders
2.Learn how TMDs affect the occlusion and our ability to perform restorative procedures
3. Learn the guidelines and reduce remakes and adjustments
4. Learn to use splints for TMDs as well as a transition for rehabilitation procedures. 

About Dr. Terry Tanaka:

Dr. Tanaka is a clinical professor at the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry in Graduate Prosthodontics and maintains a private practice in prosthodontics and orofacial pain in Chula Vista, California. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and has directed restorative and prosthodontic study groups throughout the USA and internationally. He also directed facial pain clinics at the UCSD School of Medicine and USC School of Dentistry for over 20 years. He has published numerous articles, and his educational DVDs Treatment Planning for Restorative Dentists, Anatomy for Implant Dentists, Restorative and Occlusal Therapy, TM Dysfunction and Splint Therapy and Head and Neck 

He is a member of the Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontics, American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, American Board of Orofacial Pain, and the American Equilibration Society, and is a master in the AGD.


This course is FREE to All CURRENT 2019 TCDS Members and two of their staff members at the time of registration.Members must cancel reservation 48 hours prior to the event. Members must renew their membership to qualify for this set price. 


Staff cannot attend on behalf of Member.


No Walk-Ins spots are available for this course.


2019 TCDS CURRENT Members & TCDS Member-Staff: FREE (Limited to 2), Additional Staff: $25.00 / Non-Members $ 190.00


After September 8, 2019

 Additional TCDS Member Staff: $ 50.00/Non-Members $ 210.00

Note: Payments made by check must be received in the TCDS office prior to the date cost increases in order to take advantage of the lower price