TMJ Disease in the Growing Patient

Dec, 2018
Dec, 2018

Penn Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104


This symposium is designed to guide the practitioner in the initial evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of the pediatric patient with temporomandibular joint disease. Topics will focus on the growing facial skeleton, preventing disease progression, and recognizing distinct pediatric conditions affecting the TMJ. Speakers will utilize evidence-based diagnosis, treatment, and decision-making approaches to commonly encountered conditions in the growing patient. Clinical pearls and practice-ready approaches will be presented from experts in the field. A multidisciplinary approach to these patients will be emphasized with speakers from pediatric rheumatology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, radiology, oral medicine, and orthodontics. The morning session will focus on facial growth and TMJ development along with the initial diagnostic approaches. The afternoon session will emphasize treatment strategies followed by case presentations with a discussion focused on personalized medicine strategies for patients. Finally, a second-day session will provide hands-on training along with a live patient demonstration. The session will introduce and familiarize the dental providers in oral splint fabrication utilizing 3D technology. Participants will learn intra-oral scanning protocol and be exposed to the whole process including 3D virtual Planning and production methods of the splint. The live patient demonstration will feature botox injection as an alternative treatment for TMJ.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this symposium, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify criteria used to diagnosis common pediatric TMJ conditions, as well as develop a differential when uncommon conditions should be considered.
  • Understand the rationale for evidence-based orthodontic treatment plans for growing patients with TMJ disease
  • Review and become familiarized with initial office-based therapies for TMJ conditions in children and apply personalized treatment strategies.
  • Recognize when appropriate surgical interventions are indicated and discuss the reconstructive options in the pediatric population