Quality: Is it Relevant in TMD Case?

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Is the term “Quality” ever a consideration or does it play a role in providing TMD occlusal care?

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Quality in one definition is defined as: “the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something.”

According to the ASQ (a global community of folks passionate about quality) define quality as:

Quality can have two meanings:

  1. the characteristics of a product or service that bear on its ability to satisfy stated or implied needs;
  2. a product or service free of deficiencies. ….quality means “fitness for use;” it means “conformance to requirements.”

Does quality of life have any meaning as it relates to TMD and occlusal problems?

  • Quality of jaw function vs dysfunction
  • Quality of temporomandibular joint movement vs restricted (limited movement)
  • Quality of muscle resting states vs. tension states
  • Quality of opening and closing velocity of the mouth (normal opening speed vs. guarded (protected) opening and closing ability
  • Quality of terminal contact when a person bites their teeth together – Do all teeth contact together simultaneously or is their a lack of occlusal balance (delays).
  • Quality of postural body alignment of the cervical region – Lordosis vs. kyphosis
  • Quality of shoulder levelness
  • Quality of pelvis balance
  • Quality of body muscles strength vs. weakened states
  • Quality of airway breathing vs  airway obstructed breathing
  • Quality to stand on your two feet balanced vs. imbalance, vertigo, dizziness
  • Quality of head movement – rotation, flexing/ extension, side bending

 

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Quality: Is it Relevant in TMD Case?