Practical Occlusion, TMD, and Sleep for the Practicing General Dentist
For many years dentistry has been dominated by prevailing occlusal concepts that were initially presented in the 60 ’ s by Ramford and Ash. Despite the lack of evidence for the role of "interferences to centric" and “pterygoid spasms, ” these concepts remain at the heart of our dental model. As a result, great confusion has lead to the development of occlusal "camps” with belief systems dominating rather than science. This has led to controversy and the prevention of integration of critical muscle and joint concepts into general dentistry. Dr. Glassman removes the controversy and exposes the myths. You and your patients will benefit immediately as the role of function and parafunction and the methods of parafunctional control are thoroughly explored.
What you will learn:
-Be able to better evaluate your patient’s occlusion and be able to put that occlusion into more practical and honest perspective.
-Recognize the difference between “occlusion” and “occluding.”
-Be able to better help the patient who tells you that they “just don’t have a comfortable bite” – and to recognize the potential of occlusal dysestesia.
-Why occlusal night guards can cause headaches and joint pain!
-Practical anatomy and physiology of the joints and muscles – and why it matters!
-Headache and migraine pathophysiology and treatment that can truly change some of your patient’s lives!
About Dr. Barry Glassman:
Dr. Barry Glassman, located in Allentown, PA, maintained a private practice which is limited to chronic pain management, temporomandibular joint dysfunction and dental sleep medicine. He currently serves as consultant to the Allentown Pain and Sleep Center with Dr. Don Malizia and Dr. Tony Polit maintaining the Allentown Model and the Allentown Pain and Sleep Center. A Diplomate of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and the American Academy of Pain Management, as well as a Fellow of the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics and the Academy of Dentistry International, he is also on staff at the Lehigh Valley Hospital where he serves as a resident instructor of Craniofacial Pain and Dysfunction and Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Glassman is a Diplomate of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.