Program Outline

We are proud to offer you one of the most complete scientific programs in the series of TMJ courses: the most recognized ORTHODONTISTS, RESTORATIVE DENTISTS, PHYSICAL THERAPISTS, RADIOLOGISTS AND SURGEONS will come together and teach the secrets of treating TMJ pathology.

IMPORTANT! Please note, that there are changes in pre-course and post-course program. For details, please read the program outline below and if needed, edit your registration accordingly. To access your registration please use your personal link and pincode, whcih can be found in the confirmation email that you have received after completing your registration. 

14 April (Sunday). Pre-Course

Non-surgical techniques for management of deterioration joints
(Dr. Domingo Martin)

  • Biological background for non-surgical treatment of TMJ
  • All about splints and how they work
  • Treatment of progressive condylar resorption
  • The importance of stable condyles for restorative dentistry

Social event: Get-together evening

15 April (Monday). Main Program


Radiographic evaluation of the TMJ
(Dr. Dania Tamimi, USA)

Session 1. TMJ normal anatomy and dysfunction on CBCT and MRI
Session 2. How TMJ dysfunction can affect the morphology of the face, the development of the upper respiratory tract and the occlusion.

Reading of TMD signs in MRI images
(Prof Dr. Adalsa Hernandez, Venezuela)

Session 3 and 4. The correlation between data collected during the anamnesis and the clinical evaluation of the patients, including the interpretation of the images obtained by magnetic resonance.

Social event: Welcome Reception

16 April (Tuesday). Main Program


The importance of the Tricentric Relation
(Prof. Mariano Rocabado, Chile)

Sessions 5 and 6. Craniovertebral- craniomandibular and Centric Occlusion for Condylar stable fossa tricentric relation axial, coronal and lastly sagittal.

The Importance of Centric Relation in Orthodontics
(Prof. Satoshi Adachi, Japan)

Session 7. Centric relation and TMJ in Orthodontics

The dilemma of displaced disk. To treat or not to treat?
(Prof. Chi Yang and Prof. Shangyong Zhang, China)
(Dr. Miles Poor and Dr. Albano Flores, Mexico)

Session 8. Treatment outcomes after surgical – nonsurgical management of displaced disk. Why the TMJ complicates the art and the science of dentistry.

Social event: Gala dinner

17 April (Wednesday). Main Program


TMJ based finishing: The Bioesthetic Concept for
nonsurgical and surgical patients

(Dr. Salvador Congost, Germany)

Session 9.

  • Principles of healthy Biomechanics vs. pathologic chewing systems
  • Application of healthy principles:
  • What is stability? How can we develop it? How do we handle a stable treatment position?

Session 10.

  • Should we care about tooth forms?
  • How do we plan a case?
  • Long-term provisionals, final restorations
  • Detailed and brief examples of clinical cases

‘Lips to teeth to toes’ treatment approach
(Dr. Michael Gunson, USA, Dr. Jeffrey McClendon, USA,
Dr. Dara Chira, USA and Dr. Holly Spence, USA)


Bioesthetic principles and guidelines apply not only to the dentition but are integral to a wellness-based approach when diagnosing and treating all patients from head to toe.  We will share our team vision and process for “Unraveling Temporomandibular Disorders”  and restoring health, function, and wellness. Dr. Jeffrey L. McClendon (Restorative Bioesthetics) will address splint design, adjustment and therapy, and tooth form issues in treating a range of patients with TMD issues. Dr. Michael Gunson, (Oral maxillofacial surgeon), will review his ‘Face, Airway, Bite’ principles, and orthognathic surgery treatment goals that support the Bioesthetic principles. Dr. Dara Chira, (Orthodontist), will share her process of integrating  Roth/Williams principles, Bioesthetic dentistry , and  Complementary Alternative Medicine. Holly Spence (Physical Therapist) will share her approach as a Postural Restoration Institute trained physical therapist and explain how PRI based physical therapy differs from traditional physical therapy.  She will demonstrate the value and effectiveness of PRI physical therapy in achieving neutral posture. From head to toe, this program will provide you with an understanding and appreciation for taking a team-based approach to delivering optimum dental health and overall wellness to caring for your patients.

 Sessions 11-12. How to create a successful interplay between a restorative dentist, orthodontist, oral surgeon and a physical therapist.

Social event: Farewell

18 April (Thursday). Post-Course
(full day course)


(Dr. Miles Poor and Albano Flores, Mexico)

Lecture on Micro disc surgery of TMJ:

  1. Understanding the changes that occur to the meniscus and how they  influence surgical intervention: microdisc vs arthroscopy vs arthrocentesis
  2. Radiographic interpretation. MRI vs CBCT
  3. Phases of meniscal deformation, grade 1, 2, 3 deformities
  4. The micro anatomy that controls disc positioning . Lateral and medial collateral ligaments.  Fan shaped posterior lateral ligament.  Why they are different and their importance in joint architecture
  5. We are working in a space of 1.7 cc superior and .7-8 cc inferior.  This is tight quarters.
  6. Incisions need to be parallel capsular fibers not perpendicular.  No disruption of capsular architecture.
  7. Capsule fans out with upper space fibers parallel to the fossa and lower space capsule fibers obliquely oriented.   These dictate the surgical incisions in micro disc techniques
  8. Causes of disc displacement. Trauma, micro trauma, growth, autoimmune and tumors.
  9. As with orthopedic injuries, traumatic displacement of a meniscus must be repositioned within a short time span
  10. Only grade 1 and early grade 2 discs lend themselves to micro disc ligament repair.
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TMJ surgical techniques. Tips and tricks.
(Prof. Chi Yang and
prof. ShanYong Zhang, China)

  • Joint-jaw-occlusion combined treatment
  • Arthroscopic disc suturing for internal TMJ derangement
  • Open disc suturing for internal TMJ derangement
  • Clinical application of customized 3D-printed total temporomandibular joint prostheses

TMJ problems related to orthognathic surgery
(Dr. Michael Gunson, USA

  • Medical management of TMJ arthritis/condylar resorption.
  • The effects of fixation technique on BSSO accuracy.

How to manage manibular overgrowth in asymmetric patients?
(Dr. Albano Flores, Mexico)

  • The role of condilectomy in the treatment of asymmetries. Surgical technique.

 *The Course organizers reserve the right to modify the Course program and its sequence at any time, which is published as an indication only and is subject to change. More  information is coming soon. 

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