Advanced Problem Solving

Course Description:

This course will provide the participant with the necessary information to solve complex dental problems. A programmed approach to treatment planning will be presented so that each student will learn how to solve the 4 functional and 12 esthetic goals when given any set of circumstances. Extreme occlusal wear, anterior open bites, deep overbites, extreme overjet and Class III malocclusions will be discussed. Neutral zone and vertical dimension will be covered in detail as it pertains to the treatment of the above problems.

Special emphasis will be placed on best restorative options, and when orthodontic/orthognathic alternatives should be considered. Each participant will learn how and when to open the vertical dimension of occlusion and when it should not be opened. A programmed approach to full mouth reconstruction, whether it is teeth, dental implants, precision attachment partials or a combination, will be a cornerstone of this program.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize how the 16 functional and esthetic criteria for success can apply to even the most difficult treatment plan
  • Plan what additional records may be required for the treatment planning of various complex esthetic and functional problems
  • Evaluate how to recognize the patient who will be best served with a full mouth reconstruction
  • Solve complex functional and esthetic problems, such as extreme wear, with optimum restorative dentistry
  • Judge how to establish a relationship with the orthodontist, periodontist and orthognathic surgeon to solve even the most complex dental and skeletal problems
  • Verify the process of taking centric jaw relation records to cross mount the die models with the provisional models and why this is one of the most critical aspects of full mouth dentistry for incredibly predictable results
  • Appraise individual articulation systems to do full mouth rehabilitation dentistry
  • Explore when it is safe to open the vertical dimension and when it is not
  • Plan how to sequence full mouth reconstructions so that you will know in advance the number of appointments that will be required, and precisely what to do at each visit
  • Identify how to phase complex treatment plans, so if need be a full mouth reconstruction can be done over a period of years rather than weeks

16 CE Credits

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