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Surgical Mini-Lectures and Clinics

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
2:00PM - 4:00PM

Location

(C) 201C

S122

Management of Arthritic Disease of the Temporomandibular Joint

Louis G Mercuri, DDS, MS
Clinical Consultant
TMJ Concepts
River Forest, IL

Synopsis

One of the most difficult problems for patients with arthritis to accept is that the disease is chronic, with little likelihood of spontaneous remission. People with arthritic involvement of the temporomandibular joint must live with their disease, because they will not die of it. Therefore, accurate diagnosis and appropriate management of the results of the disease are critical to the quality of life for these patients. It will be the purpose of this clinic to present a paradigm for the management of the arthritic diseases affecting the temporomandibular joint.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  1. Provide attendees with evidence-based information on the pathophysiology, diagnostic testing and management of high-inflammatory arthritic diseases of the temporomandibular joint so that they will be prepared to manage these patients using the most using the most up-to-date non-surgical and surgical therapeutic modalities.
  2. Provide attendees with evidence-based information on the pathophysiology, diagnostic testing and management of low-inflammatory arthritic diseases of the temporomandibular joint so that they will be prepared to manage these patients using the most up-to-date non-surgical and surgical therapeutic modalities.
  3. Identify the role of total joint replacement in the management of high and low inflammatory arthritic diseases of the temporomandibular joint.

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