Dr. Tommy Spears becomes a Fellow Certified Orofacial Myologist

Maryville and Knoxville, TN

At Crestview Dental Care, we believe in the importance of continuing education. We strive to learn and improve, so we can provide the highest level of service to our patients in Knoxville and Maryville in Tennessee. As part of this commitment, Dr. Tommy Spears recently added more initials to his name, becoming a Fellow Certified Orofacial Myologist (FCOM).

What does it mean to be a Fellow CertiFied Orofacial Myologist?

It’s not easy to receive this distinction. Bestowed upon eligible individuals by the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM), the FCOM certification only can be received by doctors who complete a 28-hour course in orofacial myology, with a curriculum that has been approved by the IAOM.

After finishing this academic work, the IAOM Certification process challenges the participant to complete an in-depth investigation into every aspect of orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs): their origins and causes, their symptoms, the different methods of available treatment, and support research that is relevant to these ailments. By completing the certification process, an FCOM becomes a well-versed expert in all aspects of OMDs and myofunctional therapy.

As for the IAOM, it is considered the founding governing body in the Certification of Orofacial Myology. It is the largest and oldest organization in the entire world when it comes to providing training, education, and certification in orofacial myofunctional therapy. Advancing the art and science of orofacial myology is considered one of the main goals of the organization.

What does this achievement mean for patients?

An orofacial myologist focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of oral and facial muscle problems related to speech, tooth development, jaw alignment, chewing, and swallowing – otherwise referred to as orofacial myofunctional disorders or OMDs, and their relation to overall physical and mental health. These disorders may include an overbite, underbite, temporomandibular joint disorder, obstructive sleep apnea, tongue thrust, mouth breathing, and tongue- or lip-ties.

Fellow CertiFied Orofacial Myologist in Maryville

Dr. Spears dedicated himself to achieve the distinction of FCOM. In addition to being the founding dentist of Crestview Dental Care, Dr. Spears’ other accomplishments include membership in the Panky Study Club and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He has studied at some of the most prestigious institutions in the country for dental education: the L.D. Panky Institute, the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, the Facial Beauty Institute, and the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy. He also studied the principles and techniques of DuraThin veneers directly under the inventor of DuraThin.

Crestview Dental Care would like to congratulate Dr. Spears on this tremendous achievement and becoming a Fellow Certified Orofacial Myologist (FCOM). This also expands our ability to provide services in the area of myofunctional therapy—prescribing simple, comfortable exercises that work the muscles of the mouth and face to correct an orofacial myofunctional disorder, which may cause difficulty swallowing, negative oral habits, or even lead to the development of sleep apnea or temporomandibular joint disorder. Are you interested in learning more about myofunctional therapy and its benefits? If so, you can schedule a consultation by calling (865) 982-1700.

Crestview Dental Care is committed to providing the highest level of oral health services to our patients in Knoxville and Maryville, TN.