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04-5631-17041: Basic Anatomy of TMJ

Course Abstract:

Contact Hours (CE): The Academy of Dental Learning and OSHA Training, LLC, designates this activity for 4 continuing education credits (4 CEs).
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Published: April 2013
Updated: August 2017
Expires: September 2020
Pages: 21
Course Instructor: William Bellavia, DDS, MAGD, FAANaOS-L, FABDMS-C
Health Science Editor: Megan Wright, RDH, MS
No conflicts of interest are reported by the author or by educational planning committee members.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand the basic anatomy of the head and neck.
  • Identify the major muscles of the head and neck.
  • Know the role of ligaments in head and neck anatomy.
  • Identify major nerves and their pathways.
  • Know the implications of the anatomical structures for TMJ disease discussions in additional modules.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is not to dazzle you with knowledge of anatomy or to test you according to origins and insertions of muscles; rather it is to impart to you the basic information necessary for a clinician to diagnose and treat the malady of Temporomandibular Dysfunction (Myofascial Pain Dysfunction; TMJ Pathology; Occlusal disharmony; Fibromyalgia, etc.) This course is the introductory module for a discussion of TMJ pathology, and is also a stand alone course for a basic review of anatomic structures of the head and neck.

How to Take This Course

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Contact Hours: 4.00
Price: $40.00

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