AACP Online Education - Certified TMD Assistant (CTA I)

The goal of the CTA course is to train dental assistants in the field of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) and craniofacial pain disorders. Assistants will gain clinically relevant knowledge and skills, which are essential for success in a TMD practice.

After completing CTA I, you will have learned:

  1. The basic principles of anatomy, neurology, and pathology of the temporomandibular joint;
  2. The basis of making an informed diagnosis;
  3. The drugs used in the treatment of TMD;
  4. The types of imaging used in the diagnosis of TMD;
  5. Insurance coverage for TMD treatment
  6. The principles of how to run a TMD practice

Qualifications for CTA Certificate

  • Two years experience in the medical/dental field;
  • Mandatory completion of all modules in Part I and Part II of this program;
  • A valid CPR certificate; and
  • A passing grade on the final exam.

Program length: 11.5 hours

Purchase the full program and save 20%!
$420     $336

Module 1 Anatomy, Neurology, Pathology

Instructor: Cameron A. Kuehne, DMD

Dr. Kuehne reviews pertinent anatomical structures related to craniofacial pain disorders. Neurological pathways are described to help explain pain mechanisms. Different pathological disorders common in the field of craniofacial pain are discussed and treatments for these problems explained.

Module 2
Patient Examination & Principles of Diagnosis

Instructor: Jeffrey S. McCarty DDS

Dr. McCarty discusses the necessary building blocks of making an informed diagnosis. Time is spent emphasizing analysis of a patient’s subjective complaints followed by a step by step approach to gathering objective data including: palpation, auscultation (stethoscope, doppler, vibratography), radiographic testing and interpretation (transcranials, tomography, CBCT, and MRI), measuring mandibular and cervical range of motion, diagnostic injections, and alternative testing techniques. Emphasis is placed on utilizing these skills to recognize common TMD diagnoses like: internal derangements, myofascial pain, arthridities, Ernest Syndrome, occipital neuritis, and temporal tendonitis.

Module 3

Instructor: Cameron Kuehne, DMD

Dr. Kuehne spends this lecture explaining the different classifications of drugs used for the treatment of craniofacial pain disorders. Indications for when to use certain medications are given along with the most common side effects. Guidelines are also given on how to best incorporate prescription medications into the dental office setting.

Module 4

Instructor: Richard Greenan

Richard Greenan starts this lecture by giving a history of x-ray technology. He covers the different types of radiologic evaluation and indication/contraindications for each. He uses multiple slides with visual applications to help teach students how to better understand what the imaging shows.

Module 5 Insurance Principles of a TMD Practice

Instructor: Rose Nierman

Rose Nierman covers the many daunting aspects of insurance coverage in the TMD and dental sleep practice. During this lecture she explains the best ways to implement the dental practice to bill insurance and also gives pointers to better help those practices already billing insurance. She also offers solutions with her billing software.

Module 6 Office Operations/ Stress/ Communications

Instructor: Sharon Carr

Sharon Carr speaks on the day-to-day stresses that can occur in the TMD practice. She offers practical solutions to help cope with these stresses and explains the importance of communication within the office setting.