Practical TMD: How to Evaluate, Diagnose & Treat the Most Common TMJ Problems

Practical TMD: How to Evaluate, Diagnose & Treat the Most Common TMJ Problems

  • Thu, Nov 11, 2021 | 7:30 AM - Thu, Nov 11, 2021 | 9:00 AM

Jamison Spencer, DMD, MS

Subject: TMD/TMJ
Primary Audience(s): Dentist
Additional Audience(s): Hygienist, EFDA/Dental Assistant, Front Office

CE Credits: 1.5

TMJ disorders are one of those areas where almost every dentist feels uncomfortable. In dental school we didn’t get much classroom information, and little or no clinical experience. Our treatments in practice are often hit and miss, without clarity on why sometimes we hit, and other times we miss. In this lecture, Dr. Spencer will review the relevant anatomy and discuss simple examination, diagnosis and treatment techniques as well as when to know to refer, allowing you to help many more people.

Learning Objectives

  • A brief review of the relevant anatomy of the head and neck.
  • Understand basic principles of focused examination and evaluation for TMD.
  • Have a straightforward way to diagnose the most common TM disorders and understand the treatments for the most common TM disorders.

Dr. Jamison Spencer is the director of Dental Sleep Medicine for the Center for Sleep Apnea and TMJ, in Boise Idaho and Salt Lake City Utah. Dr. Spencer has personally treated thousands of patients with sleep apnea and TMJ problems, and now focuses on helping dentists help their patients with such problems.

Dr. Spencer is the Past-President of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain (AACP), a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain, a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, a Diplomate of the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine and has a Masters in Craniofacial Pain from Tufts University. He taught head and neck anatomy at Boise State University, is adjunct faculty at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Spencer has been invited to give lectures on TMD, Dental Sleep Medicine and head and neck anatomy throughout the United States at every major dental meeting, Canada, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe and India. Dr. Spencer created Spencer Study Club, an online education, mentoring and implementation program to help dentists and their teams help more of their patients with sleep apnea and TMJ disorders. 

Dr. Spencer now lives in Pleasant View, Utah with his wife of 30 years, Jennifer, and their 3 children of 6 who are still at home. Dr. Spencer enjoys outdoor activities including running, skiing, waterskiing and mountain biking, and can still out ski all of his children and would have been at the Boston marathon in 2020 had it not been cancelled.

PACE Approval 2019