What PFD Has Been Up To: Dr. Jill Lectures at the Southwest Dental Conference
|September 19, 2017
At Prosper Family Dentistry, we are committed to lifelong learning and the continual furthering of our knowledge. Because dentistry is an ever-changing profession and our most important goal is taking excellent care of our patients, we place a high priority on dental education. As in most professions, dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants must meet a minimum requirement of hours of education in order to maintain an active license. Our doctors exceed the required hours of continuing education by five times or more.
The Southwest Dental Conference is held each year at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in downtown Dallas. It provides a wide range of classes on a myriad of subjects by well-known dentists and other lecturers. What made this year extra special is that one of those dentist/lecturers was our very own Dr. Jill! After presenting a short table clinic in February 2017 at the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry in Chicago on the subject of the upper cervical spine, she was invited by the organizers of the Southwest Dental Conference to give a one hour lecture on the same topic at this year’s meeting.
In her lecture, Dr. Jill explained the anatomy of the upper cervical spine and how it affects the teeth and jaws. She discussed a dentist’s unique position to identify problems in the upper cervical spine through the use of 3D imaging. She described how a misalignment of the upper cervical spine can masquerade as a toothache or TMJ pain. Dr. Jill illustrated this phenomenon with several case studies of patients she has treated at Prosper Family Dentistry over the last few years.
The doctors at Prosper Family Dentistry strongly believe in an interdisciplinary approach to dentistry. The teeth and jaws are not isolated from the rest of the body, and they should not be treated as if they are. This belief has led Dr. Jill and Dr. Cara to work with many specialists to help each patient reach optimum health. In the case of the upper cervical spine, they work closely with chiropractors, physical therapists and physicians who specialize in the manipulation of the upper cervical spine. As with many other situation, like high blood pressure and sleep apnea, our dentists are in a unique position to identify a problem before a patient seeks medical attention. This is just one of many ways Dr. Jill and Dr. Cara provide our patients with the most comprehensive care possible.