September 25, 2020


What Every Dentist Needs to Know About Temporomandibular Disorders: The Facts and The Fantasies



Jeffrey P Okeson, DMD

LIVESTREAM Lecture Schedule:

8:15am - 9:45am:
 Introductory remarks & LECTURE
9:45am - 10:00am:
15 minute break
10:00am - 11:30am:
 LECTURE continues
11:30am - 11:45am:
 15 minute break
11:45am - 12:30pm:
 LECTURE continues
12:30pm - 1:30pm:
  Lunch break
1:30pm - 3:30pm:
 LECTURE continues
3:30pm - 4:00pm:
 Q & A

Break Down

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are a group of musculoskeletal disorders of the masticatory system. These disorders are common and dentists are the primary care providers. Therefore, every dentist should have a sound understanding of TMD so that the most appropriate care will be selected for the patient. Often simple care can make big differences in the patient’s quality of life.

In the past, dentists have attempted to manage their TMD patients utilizing standard dental approaches, which have not always proven to be successful. In fact, our profession has many concepts and theories that attempt to solve musculoskeletal problems with dental therapies, many of which have little to no scientific supported.

This presentation will describe the present evidence that either support or disprove these concepts, including how occlusion may or may not affect TMD. Other areas that will be discussed are etiologic considerations and treatment strategies, including the use of occlusal appliances. This presentation will attempt separate the facts from the fantasies in the area of TMD.

Learning Objectives:

From this lecture you will learn:

  • To identify those pain disorders that will likely respond to your therapy from those that will not.
  • The relationship between occlusion, bruxism and temporomandibular disorders.
  • The most favorable orthopedically stable relationship between the occlusion and condylar position for restorative dentistry.
  • When occlusal changes are indicated for the management of TMD.
  • The appropriate use of occlusal appliance therapy for muscle pain and joint pain.
  • When an occlusal appliance reduces the patient’s TMD symptoms, what do you next?

About the Speaker

Dr. Okeson is a 1972 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. After graduation he completed two years with the Public Health Service in a rotating dental internship and directing an outpatient clinic. He joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky in 1974.

Presently he is the Professor, Chief of the Division of Orofacial Pain and Director of the College's Orofacial Pain Center, which he established in 1977. The Center represents a multidisciplinary effort in the management of chronic orofacial pain problems. Dr. Okeson has developed several post-graduate training programs and Kentucky was one the first to be accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation in 2011.

Dr. Okeson has more than 240 publications in the area of occlusion, TM disorders and orofacial pain in various national and international journals. The seventh edition of Dr. Okeson's textbook Management of Temporomandibular Disorders and Occlusion is published by C. V. Mosby (Elsevier) Publishers. This text is used in most of the United States dental schools as well as in many other countries. It has been translated into eleven different foreign languages. In addition to this text, Dr. Okeson has authored the seventh edition of Bell’s Oral and Facial Pains which is published by Quintessence Publishing Company. This text is translated into six different foreign languages and widely used in orofacial pain programs throughout the world.

Dr. Okeson is an active member of many TMD and orofacial pain organizations holding many offices and serving on numerous committees and boards. He has served as President of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and is former editor of the Academy’s Guidelines. He is a founding Diplomate and twice President of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. Dr. Okeson is a very sought after lecturer on the subject of TMD and orofacial pain and has presented more than 1200 invited lectures on the subject of TMD and orofacial pain every state and in 55 different countries. He has received the campus wide University of Kentucky “Great Teacher Award”, the Provost’s Distinguished Service Professorship, the American Academy of Orofacial Pain’s Service Award and the first ever “Distinguished Alumni Award” from the College of Dentistry. Dr. Okeson has also received “The International Dentist of the Year Award” from the Academy of Dentistry International. This is the highest award recognized by this Academy and was given to him in recognition of his worldwide efforts in providing education in the area of temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain.