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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin October 2011
25 OCTOBER 2011 Letters to the Letters are published at the Editor’s discretion and customary editorial rights are reserved. We request that letters be brief, of interest to the general membership and signed. Letters published are an expression of a personal point of view of the writer and are not necessarily representative of the policies or opinions of the Australian Dental Association Inc. feedback Editor ASSESSMEnT And MAnAGEMEnT Of TEMPOROMAndIbULAR dISORdERS Sir, I wish to express my concern over the article appearing in the July  edition of the ADA Inc. News Bulletin entitled ‘Assessment and management of temporomandibular disorders’. I do not know the process by which the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Orofacial Pain (ANZAOP) chose to adopt the policy statement on temporomandibular disorders (TMD) from the American Association of Dental Research (AADR), however it must be pointed out that this very policy statement was authored by Dr Charles Greene who discredits neuromuscular dentistry (NMD) and in particular some of the technological devices that are used as part of a holistic patient assessment. Dr Barry Cooper has written a position paper for the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics (ICCMO), which provides a more balanced perspective. Contrary to the News Bulletin article, there is a massive amount of evidence supporting the effectiveness of the electronic diagnostic devices. These devices are simply tools providing objective data that a dentist may choose to utilize in addition to a complete patient history, clinical examination, TMJ radiology (if indicated) or other imaging procedures. The clinical dentist – as diagnostician – interprets all the information in order to arrive at a provisional diagnosis and formulation of a conservative, reversible and evidence-based treatment plan. As clinicians we are morally obliged to provide our patients with the best care available and by removing electronic diagnostic instrumentation from our armamentarium it is akin to saying a medical ECG is also invalid. I ask that the News Bulletin provide a balanced discussion on this subject as the views of one man are not necessarily representative and without a balanced view many members of the profession will be unable to form an opinion based on all the facts. Thank you and I await your response. Ian Maratos Bentleigh East 3165 RESPOnSES TO AnZAOP POSITIOn STATEMEnT On ASSESSMEnT And MAnAGEMEnT Of TEMPOROMAndIbULAR dISORdERS Sir, A number of technological devices (e.g., electromyography [EMG], jaw movement tracking, transcutaneous electrical neural stimulation) have been advocated to assist in the diagnosis and management of patients with temporomandibular disorders. 1 These Convenient Storage Pocket Each DentaFile card folds to form a useful reference pocket for storing radiographs, medical history cards, referral letters and previous cards. Superior Char ting Area The widely-used FDI International Notation is incorporated into a very comprehensive charting format, showing both deciduous and permanent dentitions with 8 complete courses of treatment. Increased Recording Area DentaFile provides more than twice the treatment recording area of normal cards, and has columns for date, treatment particulars, quote, debit, credit, balance, account date and payment date. New SureFile Feature Each DentaFile card incorporates an alphabetical edge-marking system which easily identifies any cards that may have been accidentally mis-filed. Standard Filing Size DentaFile cards fold to the standard 8 x 5 inch filing size (203 x 127mm), so will fit your existing filing cabinets. When DentaFile cards are filed, the patient’s name, address and phone numbers are clearly displayed for easy reference. Free Sample To trial DentaFile in your surgery at no cost, phone, fax or write today for a free sample. DENTAFILE CARDS ORDER FORM Please for ward ______ Packs of 100 DentaFile Cards at $49 per Pack plus Postage & Packing as follows: (All prices include GST.) VICNSWTASSAQLDWA NT 1 Pack $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 $12 2 Packs $13 $14 $15 $15 $19 $21 $23 3 Packs $14 $16 $18 $18 $23 $27 $29 4 Packs $15 $18 $20 $20 $27 $33 $35 5 Packs $17 $20 $22 $22 $31 $39 $41 6 Packs $18 $22 $24 $24 $35 $45 $47 10 Packs $22 $28 $32 $32 $50 $60 $63 Please find enclosed our cheque for $ _________ payable to DentaFile Dental Record Systems. Name Phone ( ) Address State Postcode PATIENT CARDS JUN11 Pre-Pay for 9 Packs & get100 Cards FREE! Clear Plastic Card Sleeves Just 29c ea. ✂ D entaFile, the well-proven concept in patient treatment record cards, offers numerous advantages over standard dental record filing cards. DentaFile Dental Record Systems PO Box 40 Doncaster East, Victoria 3109 Tel 03 9848 3193 Fax 03 9840 1433
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