Diagnosis and therapy of temporomandibular disorders – simplified, yet evidence-based
Time: 15:00 - 16:00
Room: EL GRECO (PV7)
Chair(s): Oscar Pezonaga (Spain)
- > To simplify diagnostic and therapeutic decision-making in patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMDs);
- > To differentiate between variation of normalcy and clinically relevant symptoms and signs
- > To restrict diagnostic procedures and therapy on measures with the best available external evidence.
TMD classifications and diagnostic procedures are often unnecessarily comprehensive and complicated. In this lecture, a diagnostic strategy will be proposed that relies on four pillars: (1) restriction to clinically relevant and valid diagnostic measures; (2) limitation to three jaw-related somatic diagnoses (Axis I); (3) differentiation among local, regional and widespread pain; (4) consideration of accompanying psychosocial findings (Axis II). Based on the individual case, therapeutic recommendations may vary. However, selection should be restricted to therapies with proven efficacy. The choice may be influenced by the individual case, the doctor’s experience, and the preference of the informed patient.