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Apr 03

Seminar #6 | April 3th, 2023

TMJ and Airway-Directed Orthodontic Treatment:

The Important Role of Orthodontics in Management of TMJ and Airway Issues

Seminar Location & Details:
Hilton Inverness Hotel 
200 Inverness Drive W, Englewood, CO 80112

  • Free parking is provided at the hotel.
  • Seminars open at 8 am with complimentary coffee, tea and pastries.
  • Seminars run from 9 am to 5 pm Lunch is provided.
  • You will receive 6CE credits for each lecture and we are an AGD provider.

Learning Objectives:

Recent advancements in technology and research have allowed dentists to understand the role underlying conditions, including temporomandibular joint and airway disorders, play in the development of malocclusion. Armed with this knowledge, orthodontists have a unique opportunity to not only determine the root cause(s) of the malocclusions we see in our practices, but to also contribute to the design of interdisciplinary treatment plans directed at benefiting TMJ and airway health and stability. Through case presentations and overview of current research, this lecture will provide a complete picture on how to use CBCT and MRI technologies to identify, diagnose, and categorize patients prior to treatment. There will also be heavy focus on how to sequence treatment based on TMJ and airway condition, and design patient-specific therapy to maintain the health of the TMJ and airway for the long-haul.

Upon completion of this course, attendees should be able to:

  1. Recognize the signs of TMJ and disorders in our everyday patients, and the role that TMJ disorders play in the development of their malocclusion and airway issues
  2. Know when to order appropriate diagnostic imaging, including CBCT and MRI, to diagnose TMJ conditions
  3. Categorize patients by risk level pertaining to their diagnosed TMJ and airway conditions
  4. Create patient-specific treatment plans that address TMJ and airway issues before, during , and after orthodontic treatment/occlusion correction to promote health and stability


Dr. Drew McDonald is a board-certified orthodontic specialist and private practice owner in the Northeast Heights of Albuquerque, NM. His orthodontic practice has a strong focus on temporomandibular joint and airway-focused treatment planning, surgically-facilitated orthodontic treatment, and providing complex interdisciplinary care for patients.

Dr. McDonald is a University of New Mexico alum and went on to attend Creighton University for his dental training where he graduated cum laude. Dr. McDonald completed his orthodontic residency at the University of Missouri-Kanas City, also receiving his master’s degree for his thesis on sports mouthguard design and effects on muscle forces and joint loading of the TMJ complex. Dr. McDonald practiced as a private practice restorative dentist for three years before receiving his orthodontic specialist certificate.

Away from dentistry, Dr. McDonald enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is a minimally talented, yet very enthusiastic golfer.


Apr 03