alexa Orthodontics and temporomandibular disorders: a curriculum proposal for postgraduate programs.



Author(s): Greene CS, Stockstill J, Rinchuse D, Kandasamy S

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Abstract In a previous article, we reported the results of a survey of American and Canadian orthodontic postgraduate programs to determine how the topics of occlusion, temporomandibular joint, and temporomandibular disorders were currently being taught. Based on the finding of considerable diversity among those programs, we decided to write a curriculum proposal for temporomandibular disorders that would be compatible with and satisfy the current curriculum guidelines for postgraduate orthodontic programs. These guidelines arose from a combination of the requirements published by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation and the written guide (July 2010) of the American Board of Orthodontics for the its clinical examination. The proposed curriculum, based on the latest scientific evidence in the temporomandibular disorder field, gives program directors a template for covering these subjects thoroughly. At the same time, they can focus on related orthodontic issues, so that their future graduates will be prepared to deal with patients who either have or later develop temporomandibular disorder problems. Copyright © 2012 American Association of Orthodontists. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved. This article was published in Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop and referenced in Dentistry

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