Online Courses for Dentistry

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CE Mena is pleased to announce our Master Class educational series. This series provides dental professionals with a higher level of education. This series concentrates on teaching today's dentists and dental hygienists the procedures and techniques that can only be taught by skilled practitioners.

These Master Class series have been created by Dr. Marwan Abou-Rass. He has been involved in teaching and practicing endodontics for almost 50 years. These courses are rich with content relevant to every dental professional.

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Occlusion, Function, and Parafunction: Understanding the Dynamics of a Healthy Stomatagnathic System
Authored by: Steven D. Bender, DDS
Expiration Date: November 18, 2020
CE Credit Hours: 4
Format: PDF Text
Fee: $60.00

Parafunction in dentistry refers to those activities of the stomatagnathic system that would be considered to fall outside of functional activities. Much focus in dentistry has been given to teeth grinding, or bruxism, as a parafunctional activity. Bruxism can be classified as awake or sleep bruxism. Patients with sleep bruxism are three to four times more likely to experience jaw pain and limitation of movement than people who do not experience sleep bruxism. Up to 65% of sleep Bruxism patients report frequent headaches.

The greatest maximum voluntary clenching force has been measured to be 975 pounds per square inch. It is of little wonder that we witness tooth destruction in the Parafunctioning population. Sensitive and sore teeth abfractions, fractures, and unexplained tooth mobility can be apparent in patients with parafunctional occlusion.

Parafunctional activity may result in various oral and TMJ pain presentations including migraines and headaches. It is important to identify signs and symptoms of parafunction and to investigate the patient’s health complaints that may be related to it. The course will provide this information in addition to the following:

  1. Define parafunction and its associated activities
  2. Identify the signs and symptoms of parafunctional activity
  3. Identify the considerations and steps involved in diagnosing parafunctional activity
  4. Identify the types of appliances that can be used to manage parafunction, their advantages and disadvantages, and considerations in selecting an appliance for individual patients

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