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Why we have the best articulating 3D Jaw

The temporomandibular joint is the most complex and misunderstood joint in the human body.

In the United States, there are more than 35 million people who suffer from a TMJ problem, according to the TMJ Association. That’s almost one-tenth of the U.S. population. Most of those suffering from TMD – about 90 percent – are women.

Someone with a TMJ problem often goes years without treatment, and when they do seek treatment, dentists are ill-equipped to educate patients on the specifics of their TMJ and occlusion problem.

That’s why we set out six years ago to create an accurate moving jaw that could be distorted to further understanding about the TMJ and the foundational issues that affect it. It was not an easy feat. It took years of research and development, working with some of the best TMJ experts to get the movements just right.

Today, we can proudly say we have the best fully-functioning 3D mandibular joint available on the market. Our jaw translates along an anterior/posterior axis and hinges on a fixed axis in centric relation. You can show protrusion, retrusion and excursion with a few simple controls. You can also distort the bone and condyle-disk assemblies with the Dental Simulations so you can compare and contrast normal and abnormal joints. It’s not only a great tool for patient education, but it can also help to illustrate complex cases to students and colleagues.

"I've been using Anomalous Medical since it came out. It has proven an indispensable tool for teaching and communicating, as it perfectly illustrates joint derangements and the according mandibular and occlusal shifting,” said Dr. Alain Alube. “With it I’ve helped patients, dentists, and university professors understand the true effects of the TM joints on a patient's occlusion and whole life."

Educational Presentations

After creating a moveable jaw, we wanted to create a suite of tools our customers could use to create their powerful presentations. Our answer was the Smart Lecture Tools.

With these tools, dental professionals could combine the awesome jaw simulations with the Smart Lecture Tools to create 3D anatomy presentations for their patients, students or colleagues. A Smart Lecture is similar to Power Point, except it’s a better way to illustrate medical concepts using interactive 3D anatomy. Our user can use these tools to create multiple slides with text and images and advanced animations. Your imagination is the only limit. We do offer free online training to get you started with creating your first Smart Lecture.

We use the same tools to create Smart Lectures, such as the Piper Classification of TMJ Derangements, Muscles of Mastication, and Joint-Based Anterior Guidance.

We’re very proud of our accomplishments so far, and we’re really excited about the new products and programs we’re rolling out in the second half of 2014.

Partnership Opportunities

We started the Anomalous Medical Product and Education Development (AMPED) program this month. It’s a partnership opportunity for students, professors, schools and practicing medical professionals. We provide the anatomy and authoring tools to build presentations while our users provide their knowledge and expertise. With the Smart Lecture Tools you can illustrate medical concepts in vivid 3D anatomy detail and distribute them through the Anomalous Medical developer store. Get more information on AMPED here.

What Next?

We are constantly improving features and adding new ones to the software. We will also be expanding the anatomy available in the program. Sign up for our newsletter or check this blog frequently for news about software developments.