Research enhances dental education
In a world in which healthcare options are as diverse as the ailments they address, Brandon Nelson’s journey stands as a testament to the power of research in shaping a dental professional’s experience. Nelson explored different healthcare career paths, but it was the promise of hands-on work, direct patient interaction and easing discomfort and pain associated with dental issues that led him to dentistry.
Nelson’s decision to attend Creighton was influenced by his understanding of the unique patient population the School of Dentistry serves. The acute cases, diverse challenges and promise of exposure to a range of conditions drew him to Creighton. But his path to dentistry wasn’t conventional. Nelson pursued a master’s degree in anatomy and oral biology before entering dental school. This route allowed him to delve into research exploring the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) — an often-misunderstood source of pain for many.
Nelson focused on developing an educational module for teaching TMJ to dental students. He crafted a comprehensive resource that sheds light on TMJ’s function, pain sources and symptom relief strategies. By bridging the gap between anatomy and pain management, Nelson’s work benefits dental education and treatment, introducing novel approaches to better serve patients.