Designing the occlusion for a patient with a history of joint issues can be challenging. Understanding where the disc is in relation to the head on the condyle in intercuspal position and excursions is a critical piece of diagnostic information, as well as inflammation and discomfort in different positions. One of the ways we can stabilize the Temporomandibular joint and minimize or eliminate inflammation and symptoms is by managing joint loading. In this first of two videos I look at the concept of joint loading and how we can use occlusal contacts to alter it. An upcoming hands on program I will be teaching at The Pankey Institute addresses restoring the occlusally compromised patient, whether the compromise is joints, muscles or wear.
Join me for “Restoring The Occlusally Compromised Patient” at The Pankey Institute