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Sound GNM clinical protocols are proving to be effective. Because of this some within the dental continuing education community go on the aggressive by attacking what they formerly promoted and advocated. They are worried that others are discovering their techniques do not standing up to the standards of NM science. They are not happy.
They wish more people could be helped in mass by their simplified dental teachings, but they realize their techniques produce more failures and compromises for those patients who present with more difficult and complex TMD occlusal problems.
“It takes most young dentists a LOT of discipline to sift through the glitz and glamour of snazzy dental marketing, even some older, more seasoned dentists, all of whom are looking for ways to keep busy, ie. attract new patients. Their ways and techniques are sold as a relatively easy and predictable process, discretion so often flies out the window when dentists see potential financial opportunity.” states Dr. Bruce Greenstein of Miami, Florida an experienced GNM trained dentist.
“Why do you think the researched stats gathered and shared from on this website (click this link to see the research findings: Who are the GNM Dentists?) show so many more experienced doctors as part of OC? Flaws in teachings and therapy methods have shown to lead to failures. Some will succeed, but perhaps it is the easier cases or dumb luck that allows some to think they are successful.” he further stated.
Any simplified construction bite (end to end) has been found to be helpful to those more simple less complex TMD cases. Others teachings advocate posing the patients mandible to some specified vertical dimensional relationship without first deprogramming the musculature. Many within and outside of the NM arena have recognized that these bite recording methods are not always effective, especially for those cases which involve masticator dysfunction, pain and joint derangements. This is nothing new!
How well will these difficult TMD cases do when they test and challenge these kind of occlusal teachings and protocols?
We all know that some doctors are not comfortable or able to effectively interpreting K7 data. These CE leaders never really got into correlating clinical outcomes with proper K7 scan interpretation. They tried to use K7 data to fit their convenient occlusal teachings, but when the objective data didn’t seem to conveniently support what they thought was right they had to shift their teachings once again to perpetuate the cycle of learning new things. When will they ever learn?
The Key NM Principles We All Were Taught
- Can we fall back on them and not see them as out-dated?
- Do sound occlusal teachings and proven NM principles go out of date?
- Or is it the fact that these teachers and leaders never correctly understood these key principles and now lost their way?
This is perhaps the reason why some are in the predicament they are in.
- Are they frustrated knowing they can’t seem get students to “stabilize” their cases with objective measured evidence.
- Is there a struggle going on amongst themselves and their cases?
I believe as a whole OC doctors are getting the clinical results we have been looking for years and so are our patients. It is becoming clear amongst ourselves and evident on the internet TMJ forums which teachings, techniques and occlusal principles are working.
There is no fear! OC GNM and K7 rocks! The doctors just need to learn how to use these powerful tool, interpret and apply them correctly.
Stabilization happens when we pay attention to the details! The evidence is clear.
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