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05-5631-20042: TMD Diagnosis and Pathology

Course Abstract:

Contact Hours (CE): The Academy of Dental Learning and OSHA Training, LLC, designates this activity for 5 continuing education credits (5 CEs).
Cost: $50.00
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Published: June 2013
Updated: September 2020
Expires: October 2023
Pages: 41
Course Instructor: William D. Bellavia, DDS, MAGD, FAANaOS-L, FABDMS-C
Health Science Editor:Megan Wright, RHD, MS
No conflicts of interest are reported by the author or by educational planning committee members.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student will:
  • Identify the major symptoms of Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD).
  • Know the major diseases of TMD.
  • Know the steps necessary in diagnosis.
  • Understand disc issues related to TMD.
  • Identify the major tools needed for evaluation and diagnosis.
  • Understand the importance of radiographs in evaluation.

Course Description

TMD Diagnosis and Pathology is is a stand alone course and also the second module in a three part series on Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. This course offers a comprehensive review of the symptoms, types of pain in the TMD evaluation, specific diseases in TMD, differential diagnoses, steps in the clinical examination, and use of radiographic imaging in the diagnostic process. This course is suitable for dentists who wish to add to their clinical knowledge via skillsets in identifying and treating patients who present with TMJ Disorder offered by Dr. William Bellavia, faculty for Occlusion and TMJ disorders. This course is not a substitute for advanced clinical training with a clinical instructor.

About the Authors

William D. Bellavia, DDS, MAGD, a graduate of SUNY Buffalo Dental School, conducted a successful clinical practice in Western New York State, and specialized in treatment of the TMD (Temporomandibular Dysfunction). Dr. Bellavia served as a faculty member at the SUNY Buffalo School of Dental Medicine in the instruction of treatment modalities for diseases of the TMJ, as well as an instructor in Occlusion. Dr. Bellavia has published many clinical articles, notably in The Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine and Surgery. And he holds patents on various devices used in the treatment of TMJ disorders. Currently, Dr. Bellavia, continues to steadily write books and articles, while enjoying retirement with his wife, Marilyn.

Ms. Wright is a continuing education editor and writer as well as a Temp PRN with agencies in the Washington State area. Ms. Wright earned her MS at the UNM and Pierce College of Washington State in 1997 and certification in Utilization of the 970 Diode Laser and Safety in Dentistry in February of 2015. Ms. Wright works to implement Dental Education seminars as a Hospital-Dental Liaison building collaborative, mutual efforts to promote patient wellness between medical practitioners and dentists while prioritizing care for untreated, medially compromised patients.

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Contact Hours: 5.00
Price: $50.00

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