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Practical TMD & Occlusion For the General Dentist



Learn how to control the forces that threaten your patient and the dentistry you do for them. And finally… the TRUTH that will remove the confusion and allow you to COMFORTABLY and CONFIDENTLY help so many of your patients!


February 21-23 2020. St. Petersburg, FL WITH DR. JIM BOYD

Occlusion and Parafunctional Control with Jim Boyd

April 17-18 2020.  Village Dental Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana

Occlusion and Parafunctional Control Indianapolis

June 4-5  2020. Sleep Disorders Learning and Research Center, Toronto, Canada

Toronto Occlusion/Parafunction/TMD General Dentist

June 19 – 20 2020  (optional hands on)  Glasgow, Scotland   Sheffield, 

June 25-26, 202. (optional hands on).  London England 

Glasgow and London Occlusion/Parafunction 2020



“For many years dentistry has been dominated by prevailing occlusal concepts that were initially presented in the 60’s by Ramford and Ash. Despite the lack of evidence for the role of “interferences to centric” and “pterygoid spasms, ” these concepts remain at the heart of our dental model. The inevitable confusion has led to the development of occlusal “camps” dominated by systems of “belief” rather than principles of science. The resulting controversy has prevented the integration of critical muscle and joint concepts into general dentistry. This program removes the controversy and exposes the myths. You and your patients will benefit immediately as the role of function and parafunction and the methods of parafunctional control are thoroughly explored.”
-Dr. Barry Glassman

This full two-day course uses evidenced based science to help eliminate the myths that prevent us from confidently and comfortably helping patients. We will examine the theories of occlusion and restorative therapy and critically evaluate the reality of occlusion’s role in joint therapy and pain control.

This is the ONLY occlusion course you will EVER need to take! The course will provide the basic information to diagnose and effectively treat joint dysfunction and many oro-facial pain conditions. Although basic commonly used agents will be reviewed, this is NOT a course in pharmacology. Our goal is to determine how disorders occur and why they remain persistent, thereby allowing us to treat more efficiently and readily within the scope of our general dental practices.

This is a basic course in practical TMJ anatomy and physiology and TMJ dysfunction and chronic pain issues. Diagnosis and treatment of these disorders emphasizing proper control of parafunction will be reviewed.
Learn the myths of occlusion, that you will find both enlightening and exciting; things you know are true but have been told for years that aren’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. Explore the various potentially confusing occlusal therapeutic concepts. Review diagnostically driven therapy utilizing splint therapy and supportive therapy. Explore the dentist’s role in headache therapy.


This course was previously entitled “ABC’s of TMD,” then “Tooth Wear to Migraine,” “Traumatic Occlusion and Bruxism,” and most recently, “Principles of Occlusion and Occluding.”  Not one of these titles is appropriate, nor do any even suggest the real value of this course to every dentist.

We all have had patients complain about a tooth which is painful, but for which there is no evident dental or periodontal cause. We all have had patients who experience muscle pain after a procedure, or question why their joint clicks and ask what can be done about it.  And we all have been taught concepts about occlusion and dental “interferences” that sometimes seem logical – and sometimes do not. Often these concepts cause us to treat patients in ways that make “sense” to us – in the face of evidence that does not provide the clarity that we have been taught to believe it would provide. This course will look closely at that evidence – and the truth about the key role of occlusion will be revealed.  This revelation is not only exciting, but also eye opening, and, most importantly, potentially helpful with EVERY patient we treat.

This course will review orofacial pain and neuropathic pain concepts, including the role of the well advised dentist in the treatment of headache and neck pain.   Understanding that it is nonsensical to call “migraine” a symptom of “TMD,” we will explore the incredible way a dentist can play a major role not only in migraine pain, but also all orofacial pain patterns in a real and practical way. To help attendees diagnose and treat pain patterns that don’t seem to have obvious peripheral causes, the course will focus on the important distinction between site specific acute pain patterns and chronic pain patterns. We will look at anatomy and physiology and then joint dysfunction — learn how things “get that way” and “why they stay that way,” and then proceed to understand realistic approaches to help patient with joint pain and joint dysfunction!








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!
Why we NEVER diagnose “TMD” and how to use more specific diagnostically driven therapy.
Design of occlusal night guards – 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 they matter!
Headache and migraine pathophysiology and treatment that can truly change your patient’s lives!
The myths of dentistry that never really made any sense anyway!
Why do some patients with cross bites and other malocclusions present with pain and others don’t.
That Travel’s concepts of interferences causing lateral pterygoid spasms have been debunked and replaced with a more reliable model. Learn the “Adaptive Theory Model” and begin to apply the concepts immediately.
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!
To diagnose and understand chronic pain patterns – so that dental pain without a clear cause is more readily understood and treated and not blamed on the “pathologic articulating paper dot”!
Headaches including migraine are neurological issues not DIRECTLY related to “occlusion” – yet we as dentists can help properly identify and expose headache issues and deal directly with some major contributing factors.
The best way to deal with your “occlusal neurotics” and understand how they got that way.
How to deal with patients who just don’t have a “comfortable bite.” Hint; the answer will NOT lie in an occlusal adjustment!

What is “occlusal dysestheisa”? Why is it so destructive? How should it be identified and treated?

Faculty: Barry Glassman DMD maintained a private practice in Allentown, PA, which was limited to chronic pain management, head and facial pain, temporomandibular joint dysfunction and dental sleep medicine.    He is a Diplomate of the Board of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, a Fellow of the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management.  He is a member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and the American Headache Society.  He is on staff at the Lehigh Valley Hospital where he serves as a resident instructor of Craniomandibular Dysfunctions and Sleep Disorders.  He is a Diplomate of the Board of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.  He is on staff at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Sleep Disorder Center. His most recent publication appeared in Pain Management entitled “Chronic Pain as a Trigeminally Mediated Disorder.”  He continues to teach and lecture, and is actively involved improving the patterns of practice in chronic pain and sleep disorders, working diligently to improve coordinated multidiscipline efforts in both these arenas.

Local Hotel Information For Toronto Course:

There is a Marriott Hotel literally a block away from the Sleep Disordered Learning and Research Center.

Information will be sent to you immediately upon registration!
*Special Conference Rates Apply

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