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CDA Convention in PEI: What’s New in Temporomandibular Disorders: An Evidence Based Review


It promises to be the event of the summer! The Dental Association of PEI is holding its joint convention with the Canadian Dental Association in Charlottetown August 22nd to 25th, 2018. A great scientific as well as social  program awaits PEI guests along with a sizeable number of exhibitors who are showing their latest and brightest products and technologies. 

Dr. Gary Klasser is Associate Professor in the Division of Diagnostic Sciences at Louisiana State University, School of Dentistry. He obtained his dental degree from the University of Manitoba (Canada) in 1980. Over the next 22 years, he enjoyed the practice of general dentistry from both a public health and private practice perspective until he returned to graduate studies in 2002. In 2004, he completed his training and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Certificate in Orofacial Pain. In 2005, he completed a fellowship in Oral Medicine/Oral Oncology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). From 2005 – 2011, he was an Assistant Professor and Director of the Oral Medicine/Orofacial Pain clinic at the College of Dentistry in the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Klasser has published in a number of peer reviewed journals and has contributed chapters to various textbooks while serving as an editorial reviewer for a number journals. He is also co-editor for the next edition of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain book entitled: Orofacial Pain: Guidelines for Assessment, Diagnosis, and Management.

I hope you get a chance to attend the convention this summer and enjoy a memorable time in Charlottetown with your family, friends, and colleagues. Don’t forget to share your thoughts and memories with us 🙂 at oasisdiscussions@cda-adc.ca

Until next time!

Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager


Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) encompass a number of clinical problems that involve the masticatory musculature, the temporomandibular joint or both. Due to an explosion of scientific knowledge, the field of TMDs is undergoing radical changes. Dentists who manage patients with TMD should have an appreciation and understanding of contemporary concepts.

This lecture, following an evidenced-based approach, will expose the participants to controversies and limitations associated with existing classification systems for TMDs in addition to a detailed discussion regarding the evolution of newer validated systems.

Furthermore, a review of the results from the first ever prospective clinical study (OPPERA -Orofacial Pain: Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment) being funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to identify risk factors that contribute to someone developing TMD will be presented. The course will conclude with a discussion toward a view to the future directions in the field of TMD.

Dr. Klasser will lead two sessions in PEI: 

  • Persistent pain after dental interventions on August 23, 2018, 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
  • What’s New in Temporomandibular Disorders: An Evidence Based Review on August 24, 2018, 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM 

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1 Comment

  1. Mark Antosz June 26, 2018

    What’s “new” is old. There is nothing really new under the sun with TMD/Occlusal Disease. It’s an occlusal problem. It’s muscles protecting teeth. Nothing more, nothing less. For those of us who work with these patients every single day and have thousands of successful treatments through occlusal therapies, the fundamentals haven’t changes in 50 years? 70 years? Yes, there are other factors. Genetics, epigenetic factors may influence the nature of an individual’s response. There may be confounding factors, such as spinal-cervical problems. But management is still an occlusal problem. It’s not “bio-pyscho-social” like some have advocated. People in chronic pain go nuts. That’s understandable. And I wish people would stop talking about the joint as being a primary factor. Joint problems are merely a symptom of an occlusal problem. Yes, it can progress to a host of deteriorating conditions, but in garden variety TMD cases it’s just a symptom. That’s why the rush to do joint surgery in the 80s and 90s failed so abysmally; they were operating on a symptom and merely ended up creating a generation of chronic pain patients.


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