Functional Occlusion – From TMJ to Smile Design

Course Description:

This seminar is your gateway to a proven path of clinical and professional excellence. As the foundational seminar in the “Concept of Complete Dentistry™ Series,” you will learn the timeless message that good dentistry, esthetic dentistry, complete dentistry must begin with a thorough understanding of occlusion and the functions of the masticatory system. A comprehensive understanding of how the TM joint, muscles, proprioceptive input, lower anterior teeth, upper anterior teeth, lower posterior teeth and upper posterior teeth are designed to function in harmony with one another is the cornerstone of the Dawson philosophy.

Each student will learn to produce beautiful, functionally correct restorative dentistry in an efficient, predictable and profitable fashion. The “4 x 4” approach to treatment planning will provide each student with the ability to efficiently and systematically treatment plan. They will also learn to recognize dysfunction in all parts of the system, and to recognize the cases that will require additional study prior to restoration. They will learn how to design a beautiful smile; one that will be in harmony with function and speech. They will also learn a standardized approach to gathering records; one that will be consistent with all further Dawson courses, and one that will lead to consistent diagnosis and optimum treatment planning. Regardless of the latest trends in techniques or materials, these principles will remain the foundation of quality dentistry. You will gain an insight and understanding that will change not only how you practice, but your enjoyment of the practice as well.

We urge you to do what over 40,000 of your fellow dental professionals have already done. Come join us and start your journey along this proven path to success.

Learning Objectives:

  • A scientifically based, practical approach to occlusal management in everyday practice
  • The 10 factors critical to a stable occlusion and how applying them results in long-term success of your general and cosmetic cases
  • How to identify, prior to treatment, which patients pose a risk of future instability
  • An examination process that gets the esthetically driven patient to care about the functional implications critical to long-term success
  • How to know precisely where teeth need to go for veneers, crowns, and implant supported restorations
  • When it is safe to open vertical and when not to do so
  • Why porcelain chips and breaks and how to eliminate breakage from your practice
  • Step by step processes utilizing checklists for functional-esthetic analysis and treatment planning
  • How to efficiently take the necessary diagnostic records for comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning
  • A thorough examination process and how to implement it in your practice
  • How understanding occlusion saves you time, increases profitability and reduces stress

19 CE Credits

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