Clinical Occlusion: Diagnosing and Treating the Most Overlooked Aspect of Our Practice

Saturday, September 24, 2022 - Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


The primary focus of this hands-on program is to understand how to diagnose and treat patients with occlusal issues, and when it's best to refer to a TMD specialist. Why are your veneers chipping? Why do some patients have anterior-only wear while others have posterior-only wear? How and when do we need to increase/restore VDO? All these questions will be addressed with a systematic algorithm that will provide you and your patients with the best approach possible. We use the “Diagnostic Diamond,” a formula-based system to integrate patient data in a clear and organized manner leading to a risked-based sequential treatment plan.


The hands-on portion of the workshop will take dentists through the steps to take accurate aesthetically derived facebow records, the indications for and delivery of deprogrammers, centric relations records, equilibration and the five-step check. After this program, you will be able to better understand the diagnostic process with respect to occlusion and to formulate predictable treatment plans and restoration delivery for your patients which lowers the risks associated with occlusion-based failures.


You Will Learn:

  • How to perform a functional occlusion diagnosis
  • To employ three reliable techniques to take a repeatable CR record and know when to use each
  • To integrate the aesthetically derived face bow record into all your anterior cases
  • How to set the semi-adjustable articulator to improve your clinical results
  • When to increase or decrease VDO and when to leave it alone!
  • To perform a trial equilibration on mounted casts to predict 100% success before initiating in-the-mouth adjustments


Who Should Attend:

This course is designed for general dentists and prosthodontists looking to take their dentistry to 'the next level' in patient care with foresight, compassion, ethics, integrity and efficiency.

About Us

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is one of the nation's premier dental schools and has served the Bay Area community for more than 100 years. The dental school is committed to excellence and innovation in education, research, community service and patient care. The Division of Continuing Dental Education is dedicated to educating dental professionals by providing the highest quality CE programs available in dentistry today.



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Course is limited to 20 participants.

CE Credit

CEU: Units - 16

This activity is designated for 16 units of continuing education credit.

Course Fees

Early Bird Tuition $1,695* (for tuition received by August 24)

Regular Tuition: $1,795*

*Program is limited to 20 attendees and includes continental breakfast and lunch both days.


Program Director:

Richard G. Stevenson III, DDS, earned his DDS degree and AEGD certificate from UCLA School of Dentistry and obtained board certification from the American Board of Operative Dentistry. His work as a mentor for Richard V. Tucker Study Clubs, combined with teaching at the predoctoral levels at UCLA, have forged his commitment to excellence and passing on the knowledge to other dental professionals. He garnered Teacher of the Year awards from numerous classes at UCLA, including the prestigious ADA Golden Apple Award for Teaching. He is a graduate of the Kois Center and has served as a CE faculty member for UCLA's Aesthetic and Implant Continuums. He maintains multidisciplinary practices in West Los Angeles and San Dimas, California. After a 26-year academic career, he started Stevenson Dental Solutions in 2015 to fill the gap between traditional education and real-world clinical dentistry for practicing dentists. 

Cristina D. Lopez, DMD, is a 1991 graduate of the University of the East. After practicing general dentistry in the Philippines, she immigrated to the United States and obtained her dental license.  She began as a lecturer in restorative dentistry at UCLA School of Dentistry in 2007, where she has served in several roles, including assistant to the chair in both the fixed prosthodontics and operative dentistry courses.  She has given presentations and table clinics throughout the U.S. and Asia in the area of cast gold, veneers and dental materials.  She is a member of the Los Angeles Advanced Restorative Study Club and has taught with Dr. Stevenson since 2008. She is also a member of the Academy of Operative Dentistry where she serves on the Rising Star Committee and the Executive Council.



Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

155 Fifth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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