Project Description

Dr. Wright received his dental degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1977, completed a 1-year Advanced Clinical Dentistry Program in 1988, completed the University of Minnesota’s 2-year TMJ and Craniofacial Pain Program in 1994, and completed a 2-year Dental Research Fellowship in 2003. From 1994 to 2001, he was the head Air Force dentist for TMD and on the staff at Lackland AFB’s 2-year general dentistry residency program. He is the co-author of the book “Manual of Temporomandibular Disorders,” which is in its 4th edition and been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. Dr. Wright provides the OFP training for UTHSCSA’s predoctoral students, and AEGD, Prosthodontics, Periodontics, and Orthodontics residents. He is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. Dr. Wright is the primary author of over 80 publications, past president of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and one of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Orofacial Pain.

Accumulating literature suggests some individuals will have tinnitus improvement from TMD and/or cervical spine disorder (CSD) therapy. Dr. Wright will discuss his clinical exam and treatment approach for patients who would like to try these therapies to improve their tinnitus. Following this presentation, attendees should:
1. Understand some individuals will obtain tinnitus improvement following TMD and/or CSD therapy, along with some predictors as to which patients are more likely to have improvement.
2. Gain new insight of therapies that may be beneficial for the masticatory and cervical regions.