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Prof. Dr. Pınar Kursoğlu

Temporomandıbular Disorders and Treatments

The aim of this lecture is to extend the vision of dentists beyond the intraoral parts of the stomatognathic system which includes TMJ and masticatory muscles, and their disorders called temporomandibular disorders (TMDs). Temporomandibular joint internal derangement (TMJ ID) is one of the most frequent type of TMDs. The ID of TMJ is defined as a joint dysfunction associated with an abnormal disc position. Identification and elimination of the causes of TMJ ID are the key factors for successful treatment. The common causes for TMJ ID are joint overload by trauma and parafunctional habits such as bruxism. Bruxism (grinding/clenching) which can cause harmful effects on the stomatognathic system will be also discussed.

Graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Dentistry. In the same year and same faculty, Kursoglu started to the postgraduate education in the Department of Prosthodontics.

While postgraduate education, went to America and got the opportunity to work with Jeffrey Okeson, director of the “Orofacial Pain Center” and with his team about “Temporomandibular and Masticatory Muscle Disorders” in Kentucky University.  After that experience came back to homeland and completed PhD programme.

Dr. Kursoglu started working at Yeditepe University Faculty of Dentistry as ‘Assistant Professor’ and took the degree of ‘Associate Professor’ in 1996 and ‘Professor’ respectively in the same university.

Prof. Kursoglu have many publications in national and international scientific journals, copyrighted and also translated chapters of various books about “Removable Dentures”.

Prof. Kursoglu pursues clinical and scientific researches mainly about temporomandibular disorders, occlusion, fixed and removable prosthetic applications including laminates and implant retained prosthesis, snoring and sleep apnea. In that fields, she takes part in conferences and courses as a lecturer.

Pinar Kursoglu is still a member of Yeditepe University Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Prosthodontics as a professor.