Dr. Lee Further Establishes Himself as One of the Region’s TMJ Arthroscopy Experts
Like most industries, technology in the dental industry is ever-changing. This pushes the industry forward, allowing us to refine techniques and provide the most efficient and advanced treatments possible. As an Oral Surgeon, it is imperative that Dr. Lee stays up-to-date with the latest advancements in technology, diagnostics acumen and treatment. This is why he is constantly seeking the very best in his field of Oral and Maxillofacial to expand his knowledge specialty.
This October, Dr. Lee completed the Miami Anatomy Research Center TMJ Arthroscopy Mini-Residency Program further establishing himself as one of the region’s leading Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. This week, he will be completing part two of the training.
What is TMJ and TMJ Disorder?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull in front of each ear. The temporomandibular joint is a ball and socket joint. In between the ball and socket is a disk. Temporomandibular disorder (TMJ disorder) occurs when there are problems in the relationship of the ball and socket.
The temporomandibular joint is one of the most complex joints in the body, responsible for the opening and side to side movement of the jaw. Any incoordination of the ball and socket that inhibits the intricate system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working is sometimes referred to as “TMJ”. Often, TMJ feels like your jaw is popping, clicking or “getting stuck”.
What are the symptoms of TMJ disorders?
There are many symptoms of TMJ disorders, including:
- a sudden change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
- a clicking or popping sound during normal jaw function
- pain while chewing or yawning
- headaches or migraines
Unfortunately, these TMJ symptoms can also be present for many other reasons. Your dentist can help correctly diagnosis TMJ disorder by examining your dental and medical history and performing a clinical examination, but appropriate X-rays for this condition are usually obtained only at the oral surgeon’s office. When the jaw joints are affected and basic treatments have been unsuccessful, jaw joint surgery may be recommended.
Dr. Lee is one of the Region’s TMJ Arthroscopy Expert
Dr. Lee recently completed a TMJ Arthroscopy Mini-Residency program, further establishing himself as one of the region’s leading Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons for temporomandibular joint disorders and corrective jaw surgery. This didactic and cadaver mini-residency course was established by a faculty of internationally recognized TMJ surgeons who have dedicated their careers to the practice of TMJ arthroscopic surgery. It provided a unique opportunity to further develop the skills and knowledge needed to incorporate arthroscopic surgery into a full scope oral and maxillofacial surgery practice.
Unique for this course was the extensive cadaveric surgery portion. Fresh cadaver heads were used to simulate clinical conditions and, thanks to Dr. Joseph McCain and Nexus Corporation, all surgical procedures were performed with new, state-of-the-art arthroscopic instrumentation.
Areas that were specifically addressed included: diagnostic and treatment approaches to TMJ internal derangements, surgical techniques for disc repositioning and arthroscopic approaches to TMJ lavage and visco-therapeutics.
In January, Dr. Lee attended part two of the conference, where he receive advanced training in TMJ arthroscopy.
Reach out to Dr. Lee and the staff at the Cincinnati Center for Corrective Jaw Surgery at any time with questions relating to TMJ disorder, its symptoms and treatment options: