Like a medical doctor, becoming a dentist is a rigorous process that requires years of dental school, and a state license, which requires further examination, practical and otherwise. Dentists are also required to keep up a certain level of continuing education throughout their entire dental career. This could mean pursuing post-DMD education, obtaining advanced certifications, or continuing to stay connected to the latest research by joining associations and attending high-level conferences.
However, the best dentists go beyond the minimum requirements and rack up a considerable number of hours of classes and practice. Just last month, Dr. Lowrance did just this. In San Diego, California, he attended American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP) 2019 to improve his approach to treating complications that cause orofacial pain, which arise from disorders like temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ.
American Academy of Orofacial Pain
The field of orofacial pain is primarily concerned with the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of orofacial pain disorders, such as TMJ disorder, neuropathic pains or headaches. As in any medical field, these processes rely on historical data, research, imaging, and more, which requires a practitioner well-versed in the subject. The American Academy of Orofacial pain was founded in 1975 as an “organization of dentists and other health care professionals” who are “dedicated to alleviating pain and suffering through the promotion of excellence in education, research, and patient care in the field of orofacial pain and associated disorders.” To achieve this mission, AAOP organizes conferences and contracts speakers at the top of their field.
What Topics Were Covered at Their Latest Event?
The latest research in treating TMJ was one of the main topics at the most recent AAOP conference. Current findings, ongoing studies, and various ear-based treatments, were discussed by speakers, as well as other topics, such as cluster headaches. The information, and more specifically, the new avenues of inquiry that Dr. Lowrance brought back, will be vital to continuing the high-quality TMJ treatment his patients are used to.
Do You Suffer From TMJ?
Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ is an incredibly complex condition that causes a multitude of symptoms which vary widely from patient to patient. Because of the complex nature of the musculoskeletal system of the jaw, and the ways in which it interacts with other parts of the body, treatment and even pain-relief can often be hard to find for patients. Common TMJ-like symptoms can include, jaw pain, clicking or popping noises when opening the jaw, but can also be more obscure.
Frequent headaches, tingling in the fingers, vertigo or dizziness can also be symptoms of TMJ. If you’ve been experiencing TMJ symptoms for awhile, and are frustrated with the quality of treatment you’ve received, finding a dentist up to date with the latest research can be important to living a pain-free lifestyle.
If you suspect you might have TMJ, please call (361) 851-8274 or email the Corpus Christi Center for Cosmetic Dentistry today for an appointment.