With the increasing application of all-ceramic and implant-supported restorations, occlusion has, once again, taken on an added level of importance. Unfortunately, there seems to be more and more confusion and controversy regarding this subject. We will address the major topics of occlusion as they relate to everyday dentistry. This information should help develop treatment plans that not only keep your patients comfortable, but also improve survivability of your restorations. This course was developed to follow the natural progression of patients through our offices starting with the new patient examination process, diagnosis, and finally treatment planning. At key points of this process, topics related to the art and science of occlusion will be reviewed and discussed.
At the conclusion of this course, attendees will:
- Gain an understanding of the workings of the healthy temporomandibular joint, what can go wrong, and how to examine for both.
- Learn how to treat patients with abnormal joints.
- Understand muscle function and overcoming occluso-muscle issues.
- Become familiar with the five major theories of occlusion to determine which one may be better for your restorative patients.
- Better understand centric relation, when to use it, and when it may not be necessary.
- Understand how teeth break down . . . attrition, erosion, abfraction, and abrasion.
- Learn how to gain accurate diagnostic records along with simple, reliable, and repeatable methods of recording centric relation.
- Understand the things THE DENTIST must do with diagnostic models before delegating to the technician.
- Learn how to quickly produce diagnostic wax-ups that fulfill the requirements of a stable occlusion.
- Understand occlusal therapy and does your appliance decision matches the problem.
- Gain an understanding vertical dimension and how we can predictably alter it.
Dr. Paul Guidi is originally from Boston, Massachusetts and has been in private practice at his Clearwater, Florida office since 1988. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida and received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Dr. Guidi is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida College of Dentistry teaching occlusion at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is also a visiting faculty member of the Spear Institute of Advanced Dental Education. Dr. Guidi is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry and holds memberships in the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, the American Equilibration Society, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the American Dental Association.