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Welcome to the Ninth District Dental Association

The Ninth District Dental Society was formed in 1909 and renamed to the Ninth District Dental Association in 2002. We have a membership of over 1500 dentists in 5 counties: Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange and Putnam.

In its quest to serve both the public and the profession, the Ninth District embodies the highest ideals.

The mission of the 9th District Dental Association is to serve and support its members and the public by improving the oral health of our community through Advocacy, Continuing Education and Camaraderie.

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NY-9DDS Course #111 - Pandemic Stress, Bruxing and Temporomandibular Disorders

  • Tue, Mar 30, 2021 | 7:00 PM - Tue, Mar 30, 2021 | 9:00 PM
  • Location: ZOOM Teleconference
  • Contact: Diane Darby
  • Email:
  • Phone: 914-747-1199

Pandemic Stress, Bruxing and Temporomandibular Disorders


Steven B. Syrop,  D.D.S.
     Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical Center/Division of Dentistry; Section Chief, TMD Services, Faculty Member - Touro College of Dental Medicine; Co-Director of Oro-Facial Pain Course, 2019 - Present

The pandemic is causing an increase in stress related illness.  Anecdotal reports from all parts of the world reveal tooth grinding, jaw clenching and fractured teeth are at higher than normal levels. It appears there is an increased incidence of Temporomandibular Disorders.  One of the most common treatments provided for a patient with bruxing and TMD is an oral appliance.  Few topics provoke more disagreement and controversy than the use of oral appliances. Which appliance to use and how they work to relieve pain will be addressed.  However, an oral appliance is not the only tool that dentists should have in their toolbox to help patients. Changing the body’s response to stress can reduce bruxing levels. With the proper treatment bruxing and TMD has great healing potential. 

  1. Objectives:

    1. Understand how the pandemic is causing stress.
      1. Fear of the disease
      2. Fear of economic downfall
      3. Confinement at home
      4. Loss of personal connections
    2. Understand how stress affects us.
      1. Physiologically
      2. Psychologically
    3. Understand the connection between stress and bruxing
    4. Understand how oral appliances are used to treat bruxing
      1. Learn what oral appliances can do
      2. Learn what oral appliances cannot do
    5. Understand other modalities used to treat TMD
    6. Understand how to change the body’s response to stress.