The TMD-Occlusal Dysfunction Link: Diagnose and Treat the Underlying Dental Cause
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Dr. James Sagawa was born, raised, and attended high school in Honolulu, Hawaii. He attended Compton JC, in Compton, CA, Linfield College in McMinnville, OR, and received his dental degree from OHSU. He has published a book called “A Cause-based Treatment for Occlusal Dysfunction and TMD: A Practice Guide for Dentists”. Dr. Sagawa teaches and shares his personal and clinical experiences on functional occlusion and TMD pain management. He is the co-founder of the Philippine Gnathological Forum and is forming dental study groups examining and treating the causes of occlusal dysfunction and TMD pain management. During his career, he has been an avid skier, accomplished surfer, and successful entrepreneur.
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: Dr. Sagawa is the author of the book “A Cause-based Treatment for Occlusal Dysfunction and TMD: A Practice Guide for Dentists”.
Achieving functional occlusion for our patients is a core goal in restorative and reconstructive dentistry. General and specialty dental care should strive to restore the patients' occlusion to a stable asymptomatic state that accommodates patients' skeletal and muscular structures.
Patient TMD symptoms (e.g., joint noises, jaw locking, bruxism, migraine headaches, TMJ pain and discomfort, deviation upon opening/closing, and tinnitus) are often related to occlusal dysfunction and classified with a generic diagnosis of a "TMJ/TMD condition." Treating these symptoms is challenging and often results in inconsistent or unpredictable results. Because the underlying dental causes of the symptoms are not fully understood; thus, we often take a "trial and error" approach to treating just the presenting symptoms rather than identifying and treating the "true cause(s)" of the symptoms.
In this presentation of his Trilogy of Three, Dr. Sagawa introduces the clinician to a conservative method to identify, confirm, and treat in a single appointment underlying dental cause of these TMD symptoms.
1. How to diagnose the underlying dental cause of TMD symptoms
2. Guideline for the treatment objective
3. Screening and testing protocol to confirm the underlying dental cause
4. Treatment options and long term solutions
5. Clinical case to illustrate the application of his principles