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Jason and Alan were joined by Chicago dentist Dr. Jim McKee. Jim is one of a special breed of dentists that has created a practice that focuses on pain patients and patients with TMJ issues.

  • How did Jim become interested in occlusion and TMJ?
  • How has imaging changed the game for Jim's patient treatment?
    • "The imaging isn't for you. The imaging is for the patients!"
  • How does pain relate to malocclusion and why is pain often the last thing to show up?
  • How does Jim "front load" the patient education process?
  • What are Jim's favorite educational aids for TMJ/pain?
  • How did oral surgeon Dr. Mark Piper influence Jim's philosophy?
  • Which comes first: airway or joints?
  • What's the best way to learn TMJ?
  • How is he using CBCT in his office? How does he use the MRI?
  • How did Jim build his restorative practice using the what he'd learned about TMJ and occlusion?
  • Can you create new patient flow by focusing on TMJ? Why shouldn't TMJ be a specialty?
  • Are TMJ specialists a "dumping ground?"
  • Direct vs. indirect treatment options for joint/muscle pain and the 4 R's
  • What is the best way to screen for TMJ issues? What questions should you ask?
  • How can you find a TMD specialist in your area? What questions should you ask?
  • Who should be on the interdisciplinary TMD team?

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Spear Education Occlusion Workshop

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