An Analytical Study on Awareness of Neuromuscular Dentistry as Emerging Practicing Field with Respect to Dentists in a City of Maharashtra
Neuromuscular Dentistry (NMD) is the latest approach in the diagnosis and treatment of Temporomandibular disorder (TMD). The aim of this study was to analyze and compare knowledge and awareness among General Dental Practitioners, College Faculty, and Postgraduate Students regarding Neuromuscular Dentistry in the city of Nashik, Maharashtra. A cross-sectional survey was carried out among 150 dental practitioners who were given a self-administered questionnaire which comprised of 20 questions regarding TMD and therapeutic and diagnostic tools used in Neuromuscular Dentistry in relation with TMD. The faculty members (64.75%) had more awareness among the three groups. Among all the three groups, General Practitioners were having the least awareness of Neuromuscular Dentistry (NMD). Thus, more awareness needs to be spread through CDE programmes, workshops, etc which will help in the early diagnosis and treatment of TMD.