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Principles of Occlusion Overview


Learning to Control The Forces that Threaten Your Patient and the Dentistry You Do for Them


This is a two day course and has been hailed by many as the most important continuing education course they have ever taken.  This is designed for the general dentist, and the principles taught will help you with every patient you see.  Yes, this is basic course in practical TMJ anatomy and physiology and TMJ dysfunction and chronic pain issues.  But the anatomy and physiology is practical, and the role of the joint as well as the role of muscle and its relationship to occlusion will be emphasized.  Diagnosis and treatment of these disorders emphasizing proper control of parafunction will be reviewed.

  • When do you treat an asymptomatic click?
  • What is the true relationship between restorative and pain concepts?
  • What does the evidence show us about the role of the Lateral Pterygoid in disk displacements?
  • What is the best design to protect our patient’s teeth in parafunction?
  • How can a parafunctional control appliance truly help our patients with jaw pain and    headaches   (and it is not by reducing “spasms” of the pterygoid or anterior temporalis!)
  • How critical are the terms “reproducibility” and “centric relation?”

Learn the myths of occlusion that you will find enlightening and exciting — things you know are true but we’re been told for years that weren’t….and they ARE!! This information is essential to all practicing dentists and will be immediately helpful in your daily practice. Learn an exciting new protocol using parafunctional control.  The various potentially confusing occlusal therapeutic concepts will be explored in detail.  Diagnostically drive therapy including splint therapy and supportive therapy will be reviewed.  The dentist’s role in headache therapy will be explored.

This course is designed to take the confusion out of this critical subject matter for the general dentist!


  • When occlusion matters – and more importantly; when it doesn’t!
  • Design of occlusal night guards explored – when to make them – and more importantly, when not to!
  • What is the most common cause of non compliance of night guards and how to avoid that problem
  • Why occlusal night guards can cause headaches and joint pain!
  • Practical anatomy and physiology of the joints and muscles – and why it matters!
  • Headache and migraine pathophysiology and treatment that can truly change some of your patient’s lives!
  • The myths of dentistry that never really made any sense anyway!
  • Learn what causes those nasty clicks; and what to do and when we need to do it!
  • What joint position should be considered when contemplating major dentistry – you’ll be surprised!
  • Practice management concepts that could change your life and help you enjoy dentistry even more!
  • And much more……This course is essentially lecture and it is advisable to bring essential treatment oriented staff.


Seminar Fee: Dentist $1,385 | Staff $325 ea (with Dentist) 

Course Days: 2 

CE Credits: 16

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When given in Allentown, The first seven doctors to register will have the option to come a day early and observe in-house patient care at a nominal fee. You will observe chronic pain and TM joint dysfunction patients as well as those with obstructive sleep disorders.