Courses & dates

Occlusion 101:
Physiology, Anatomy and Biomechanics of Occlusion

KRT-Points 12,5

22 & 23 september 2023
Early bird: € 1685,- (until 01/06/2023)
Regular price: € 1795,-

Mastery of  dental occlusion is  prerequisite  to acquiring  the  confidence to build  your ideal  dental practice. The first step on the pathway to mastery of occlusion is acquiring a strong  conceptual understanding of  its  scientific  basis.

Restorative  dentistry  and  orthodontics  always  change the patient’s dental occlusion whether the dentist is aware of it or not. Even minute changes to the height or shape or the position of a tooth, change force patterns on the entire masticatory system. In turn, every change in force patterns impacts oromotor behavior.

This  course  guides  attendees  through  the  scientific  principles that are the  foundation  of  dental  occlusion.  It  will  provide  a deep understanding of  neurophysiological,  anatomical  and  biomechanical  principles  that  dictate how  and  where  the  teeth occlude,  facilitating  the  treatment of simple and complex dental problems such as bruxism, clenching, TMD and sleep apnea.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the neurophysiological mechanisms that regulate occlusion
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of occlusal dysfunction
  • Understand the anatomical and biomechanical parameters that govern jaw movements.
  • Recognize the differences between mechanoreception, proprioception and sensory motor integration
  • Learn how the biomechanics of malocclusion causes tooth wear and abfractions
  • Appreciate the functional anatomy of the TMJs, AOJs, and muscles of the head, neck and pharynx
  • Understand the pathological processes underlying TMD, bruxism and sleep disorders
  • Understand the relationship between malocclusion and breathing problems
  • Learn why creating ideal dental anatomy should be the goal of every treatment plan
  • Learn how to develop a phased approach to treatment
  • Develop the skills for effective treatment communication

Occlusion 201:
​Diagnosis and Treatment Planning​

KRT-Points tbd

14, 15 & 16 April 2023

Early bird: € 3495,-
Regular price: € 3695,-

The second step on the pathway to mastery of dental occlusion is acquiring the knowledge to diagnose and treatment plan solutions to the systemic problems that plague patients and cause many of their dental problems. Occlusion 201 builds upon scientific information learned in Occlusion 101 and utilizes this information to diagnose dental, orofacial and airway problems.

This course has been built around giving students a clearer vision and broader perspective on the states of health and disease in their patients. What do your patients faces and dentitions really look like? How are they different than those with optimal oral health? How can patients help themselves and how can we help them to achieve optimal oral health?

What do I SEE when I examine my patients? What do you SEE? Dental schools teach us to see pathologies including dental caries, periodontal disease, oral infections and gross malocclusions. They usually do not teach students to see bigger picture systemic problems. This “blind spot” in our education has allowed the insurance industry to dictate “usual and customary” standards of care which has limited innovation and trapped the majority of dentists into performing“single tooth dentistry.

This course is about teaching the dentists to SEE the reality right in front of their eyes. Because when you can SEE you can diagnose, and when you can diagnose you can treat. And when you can diagnose you may be able to figure out how to prevent. Furthermore, when you develop these skills you may just be able to create your ideal dental practice!

Learning objectives:
  • To be able to identify normal and abnormal occlusion and facial form
  • Develop an improved new patient examination process
  • To be able to identify normal and abnormal occlusion and facial form
  • To be able to use the prophy/case discussion visit to improve the patients understanding of their health problems.
  • To be able to use photographs, anterior jigs, mounted diagnostic casts and x-rays to understand and communicate structural and systemic oral health problems.
  • To understand the basics of diagnosing and treating pharyngo-orofacial problems with occlusal splints.
  • To understand the basics of using dental and medical specialists as “subcontractors” in the design and rehabilitation of the oral and systemic health solutions.
  • To understand the dentist’s role in providing lifelong oral maintenance and health.
Upcoming Courses
Occlusion 301:
​Stabilization of the Teeth, Joints and Airway

Occlusion 401:

Stabilization of Physiologic Systems

Occlusion 501:

Comprehensive Prosthetic Restoration