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Surgical Mini-Lectures and Clinics

Saturday, September 17, 2011
1:00PM - 3:00PM


(C) 201C


Practical Approach to Diagnosis and Management of TMJ Pain and Dysfunction Patients

M. Franklin Dolwick, DMD, PhD
Professor, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
University of Florida College of Dentistry
Gainesville, FL


The diagnosis and management of TMJ pain and dysfunction are generally made more complicated than necessary. This presentation reviews diagnostic criteria for myofascial pain, internal derangement and osteoarthritis and presents a practical approach for their management. Non-surgical treatments, arthrocentesis and arthroscopic lavage and lysis will be discussed. Finally, the criteria and surgical techniques for arthroplasty will be presented.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe the diagnostic criteria for MPD, Internal Derangement and Osteoarthrosis.
  2. Describe the diagnostic criteria for surgical intervention and selection of patients for arthrocentesis, arthroscopy or arthroplasty.
  3. Describe the indications, techniques, outcomes, and complications associated with arthrocentesis, office-based arthroscopic lavage and lysis and arthroplasty.

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