Get a close-up look at the facial structure at CDA Presents

CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry attendees will get a firsthand look at the key anatomical relationships in the orofacial region, which are essential to a detailed examination. During the workshop titled Anatomy of the Masticatory System: Clinical Application and Dissection, Henry A. Gremillion, DDS, will lead dentists during a detailed dissection of the superficial structures of the oral cavity, paranasal region, face, the masticatory musculature and the temporomandibular joint. The relationships to routine dental assessment and clinical procedures will be highlighted.

Gremillion, who is co-hosting the May 13 workshop at the Anaheim Convention Center with M. Franklin Dolwick, DMD, PhD, said attending dentists will feel like they are back in dental school, but with a different perspective.

"Participants will really see things differently now than when we trudged through gross anatomy in dental school. We as first year dental students could not understand the clinical relevance then — we had no significant experience on which to base questions related to clinical application and our task was more look at anatomical structures and memorize relationships," Gremillion said.

After 12 years of private general practice, Gremillion completed a fellowship in craniofacial pain at the University of Florida College of Dentistry in 1991 where he served as director of the Parker E. Mahan Facial Pain Center from 1991 to 2008. He currently serves as dean at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. He said that after dentists have been practicing for a while many questions arise related to optimization of local anesthetic application. This workshop, from a standpoint of evaluation — whether it is muscle palpation, joint palpation, assessment of the various neural and/or vascular structures — will provide the participants the opportunity to look at them up close and personal, giving a true 3-D perspective as to what a dentist is looking at during the patient evaluation process.

"With the evolution of implantology and other technological advancements, anatomy has taken on a whole new meaning and with the advancement of imaging and understanding the scaffolding on which all of this is built — the bone structure — can enhance one's ability to evaluate various images, whether it be hard tissue images or soft-tissue focused," Gremillion said.

Dentists who attend the workshop will gain an understanding of temporomandibular joint health and pathofunction as well as the anatomical factors relating to vascular pain that may mimic odontogenic or temporomandibular-related issues. The program, which will earn attendees 6 core C.E. units, will include dissection of the superficial structures of the face, the masticatory musculature and the temporomandibular joint. Attendees will work in two-member groups, each group dissecting half of a cadaver specimen.

Basic dissection instruments will be provided.

"Your eyes will be opened in a way that you could not imagine," Gremillion said.

For more information about this workshop and CDA Presents, visit cdapresents.com.

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