TMJ controversy continues

The TMJ controversy continues to go on.  It is evidence as to the great lack of understanding amongst dentists as to what causes TMJ.

cda journal 8 14A recent article in the California Dental Association Journal: The Great TMJ Controversy ( cda journal august 2014; p519-572) is very well edited and educational.  I would particularly point readers to the two articles by Clifford Simmons and Prabu Raman as being reasonably correct.

The TMJ controversy continues and is not likely to subside for some time with such lack of training for dentists in dental school about dental orthopedics.  Most dentists still know only about occlusion, and are given no training in how to assess jaw alignment.  Jaw alignment has to do with an expansive model that incorporates muscle information (i.e. the muscles which posture the jaw have a very precise place in space that they want the jaw to be).

The TMJ controversy continues because most dentists don’t know the above facts.  And not knowing those facts causes the treatment of TMJ to be very muddled, imprecise, and often inadequate.

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4 Responses to TMJ controversy continues

  1. Larry Bowers says:

    Hi Dr Jennings,

    I just listened to your interview with Dave Asprey – thanks much for the wealth of info. I’m a 60 y/o male that might benefit from an evaluation and adjustment. I’ve experienced temporary sudden hearing loss in one ear that I think might be related to the trigeminal.

    I’d love to see you but I’m located south of Nashville. Can you refer me to someone you know or know of, that you like?

    Thanks much –Larry

  2. Have you ever thought about writing an e-book or guest authoring on other websites? I have a blog centered on the same topics you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my audience would enjoy your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an email.

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