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The Diagnostic Model for the General Dentist.

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This program is one of five presentations that were presented in an all day seminar titled "From Toothache to Migraine: The Trigeminally Mediated Disorders; Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention." The goal of this program is to take the mystery out of the cause and progression of TM disorders and to make the evidenced based information useful in this regard. From pratical and relevent anatomy and physiology to the important concept of trigeminally initiated and mediated parafunction and parafunctional control, this 5-part program will attempt to separate fact from fiction. Diagnostically driven concepts will be thoroughly reviewed. Specific injuries that lead to both acute and chronic pain patterns will be described in terms of causes, diagnosis and treatment. It will be demonstrated that dentists can play a key role in migraine headache as well as obstructive sleep disorders. Dr. Glassman will discuss the diagnosis of TM pathology and strategies of their treatment and management.


Last Reviewed:  07/29/2012

Disclaimer: No commercial support was received for this course.


  1. State basic questions that should be asked about headache, joint pain and function and sleep.
  2. Describe why having a basic understandin
  3. Discuss the TMD model for General Dentistry.
  4. g of TMD is important.
  5. State the key to treating TMD.
  6. Discuss the use of joint vibration analysis in diagnosing TMD.


I. The many names of TMD/TMJ

II. The TMD model for general dentist.

III. Basic understanding of TMD is essential.

IV. The key to treating TMD

V. Treatment

a. Intra-capsular

b. Extra-capsular


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