Total Joint Reconstruction of the TMJ with a Custom Fitted Prostheses: Diagnostic and Surgical Treatment Considerations

Total Joint Reconstruction of the TMJ with a Custom Fitted Prostheses: Diagnostic and Surgical Treatment Considerations


Date:          Friday-Saturday, May 1-2, 2020

Time:               9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.                                                         

Registration:   8:30 a.m.                                                                                 

Location:         Temple University Student Faculty Center                                     

                         3340 North Broad Street, 4th Floor, Room C

                         Philadelphia, PA 19140


Lecture Only

D $295   DT/Residents $125


Lecture/Hands on for surgeons

Dentist $1995       


Credits:     10 (L/P)


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The course in Total Joint Reconstruction of the TMJ is dedicated to the advancement of the resident, and attending staff, in the area of managing and treating disorders that require surgical intervention. It is a course that begins a teaching journey of diagnosis of those patients afflicted with TMD disorders. The unique nature of this course is in large part a focus of the pre, peri, and postoperative management of the patient in need of custom fitted alloplastic TMJ prostheses. It is the only course of its’ kind with a primary objective focusing on the proper surgical evaluation and sequence of care. The course is sponsored by TMJ Concepts who manufacture the only custom fitted alloplastic joint in the country today. This custom fitted appliance has over 25 years of supporting data supported by both clinical outcomes and research driven modalities. The course will discuss diagnosis, treatment planning, pathophysiology of TMD, surgical site infections, metal hypersensitivity and complications. The course is comprehensive with a didactic and hands on Saturday cadaver session.  PLEASE NOTE: The hands on portion is limited to surgeons.  Participants will need to bring your own head lights.


Upon course completion, you will:

  • Expose both resident and attending alike in the surgical planning for patients in need of total joint reconstruction of the TMJ.
  • Provide a interactive experience including a hands on cadaver lab with placement of an alloplastic joint under the direct supervision of the participating faculty.
  • Identification of Temple University as a Center of Excellence in total joint replacement surgery. Participants will be invited worldwide with Temple identified as the academic center where this learning process is conducted.



Dr. Louis Mercuri

Dr. Louis Mercuri has dedicated his entire career in the management of TMD Disorders. He is world renowned for his clinical and research work in the treatment of patient afflicted with TMJ disorders. His work spans over four decades including the development of the only FDA approved custom TMJ prostheses. He has authored over 150 articles focused on the etiology, management, and complications associated with the management of TMD Disorders. Dr. Mercuri is considered by his colleagues as one of the most influential pioneers in the reconstruction of the TMJ prostheses. Dr. Mercuri was one of the original members of the American Society of TMJ Surgeons. Today the society boasts of over 55 national members and countless international colleagues. The ASTMJS stimulated interest throughout the world creating a European, Asian, South American, and Indian Society of TMJ Surgeons. Dr. Mercuri is currently a Visiting Professor at the RUSH Institute in Chicago, Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Mercuri was the former Chair at Loyola University in Chicago, University of Illinois, and Michael Reese Hospital. He is an esteemed colleague in Royal College of Surgeons. Dr. Mercuri has a worldwide presence having lectured on an international level throughout his career. Many regard Dr. Mercuri as the foremost authority in the area of total joint reconstruction of the TMJ today.


Dr. Robert Pellecchia

Dr. Robert Pellecchia is presently a Full Professor at the Kornberg School of Dentistry and Director of Hospital Dentistry at Temple University Hospital. He is the former Chairman and Program Director at Geisinger Medical Center for the past 11 years in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Medicine. Dr. Pellecchia has been practicing for over 35 years and has spent much of his career focused on TMD. Much like his mentor, Dr. Mercuri, Dr. Pellecchia continues to dedicate much of his time in the improvement of current treatment modalities for those patients seeking care with TMJ disorders. He is one of 55 current national members of the ASTMJS and has participated worldwide as a presenter in conferences solely dedicated to the management in TMD. Dr. Pellecchia is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Fellow of AAOMS. Dr. Pellecchia conceptualized and developed two resident education programs in Pediatric Dentistry and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery while Chairman at Geisinger Medical Center. He was responsible for the growth of resident education with expansion to over 20 residents across all campuses. The original Total Joint Reconstruction course held at Geisinger Medical Center began as a collaboration with Dr. Mercuri and TMJ Concepts. It is the only teaching course dedicated to the training of those surgeons interested in total joint reconstruction of the TMJ.


We gratefully acknowledge the educational support of this course by TMJ Concepts.



Dr. Robert Pellecchia: and Dr. Louis Mercuri   Course sponsorship from TMJ Concepts.

CE Planning Committee: Members of the CE planning committee have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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