John S Dupont

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The general dentist's ability to perform an anesthesia block of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be very beneficial, especially when trying to diagnose or treat patients with temporomandibular dysfunction who have joint and/or muscle pain. There are three common types of internal joint disorders--orthopedic, inflammatory, and degenerative--producing(More)
Patients with TMD often present with complex pain symptoms, which can make it difficult to reach a diagnosis. Usually palpation of the masticatory muscles and TM joints, range of motion testing and imaging are used in the diagnostic process. Sometimes it is necessary to evaluate the jaw moving muscles from a functional prospective because they cannot be(More)
Often craniofacial pain subjects report a number of conflicting and overlapping symptoms that can present a confusing clinical picture. Reaching a diagnosis on these individuals can prove to be a frustrating and difficult event for both the examiner and the patient. Thus, it is incumbent on clinicians treating patients with pain in the head, face and neck(More)
Bruxism is an oral parafunctional activity. The more common symptoms are tooth grinding and tooth clenching; however, many other symptoms can be related to bruxism. Dentists treat the results of this condition which may include tooth wear, tooth mobility, tooth fracture, hypertrophy of masticatory muscles, head or neck ache, or poor sleep patterns. The(More)
  • John S DuPont
  • 2004
Iontophoresis is a modality that assists with the entry of certain therapeutic medications into injured sites. Medications, such as anesthetics, vasoconstrictors, and some corticosteroids, when dissolved in water, separate into positive and negative ions. When an electric current is passed through an ionized solution, the ions of these agents carry the(More)
Diagnosing and managing neuropathic pain with associated sensory aberrations can be aggravating and frustrating for both the dentist and the patient. The teeth and intraoral and extraoral tissues can be affected if neuritis is located in the maxillary or mandibular nerve branches. Dentists should be aware of a neuritic etiology for tooth pain because an(More)
Acute malocclusion can result from disturbances in the maxillary/mandibular tooth relationship. These alterations in the occlusal position can result from high fillings, sinus problems, abscesses, periodontal disease, and moving or erupting teeth. Conditions seen less frequently include acute malocclusions secondary to an event (such as trauma) that make a(More)
Orofacial sensory changes are uncommon complaints that can coexist with temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD). The location, character, and intensity vary greatly with each individual and symptom fluctuation is not unusual for any patient. The etiology of orofacial sensory changes may be related to either local or systemic factors. Several investigators have(More)