Real World Occlusion: It’s Not Just Teeth

Friday and Saturday, December 15 and 16, 2017

Both Days: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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GERARD KUGEL, D.M.D., M.S., Ph.D. Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Editor, Inside Dentistry

NOSHIR R. MEHTA, B.D.S., D.M.D., M.D.S., M.S. Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Service, Senior Consultant, Craniofacial Pain Center; Associate Dean, Global Relations, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Certified by the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine

CHAD ANDERSON, D.M.D, M.S., Research Instructor, Department of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Private Practice in Cosmetic Dentistry, Fresno, California

Course Details

Join Drs. Kugel and Mehta for this expanded, 2-day course as they bring their clinical experiences and expertise to help you blend the concepts of esthetics, function, and dysfunction into your everyday treatment regimen!

In most dental occlusal concepts the primary difference is one of condylar versus muscular positions. This is consistent with the textbook images of saggital condylar positions or the diamond shapes of the lateral excursive movements according to Posselt. However, these concepts do not take into account the three dimensional structures of the craniofacial skeleton due to the relative difficulty of many dentists in visualizing how the muscles, TM Joints and the teeth all function in harmony. Risk indicators of occlusal disharmony include parafunction, trauma, posture, sleep architecture, as well as psychological and neurologic inputs to the neuromuscular pathways. Finally, management of patients with Temporomandibular and Cranio- Cervical dysfunctions often require the use of intra-oral appliance therapy.

The course will cover:

  • A step-by-step guide to 3-D examination of the occlusion
  • Split fabrication
  • Record-taking for transfer from the mouth to the articulator
  • Bite registration technique
  • An exploration of the biology relevant to occlusion
  • Advances in digital bite registrations and virtual articulation



Participants are encouraged to bring their own nightguards, so that they can practice making adjustments during the course.


Hard and soft chairside appliances will be fabricated.

Learning Objectives
  • Discuss the evidence related to occlusal concepts
  • Review the role of parafunction and sleep disorders on the longevity of dental stability
  • Discover why dental changes can affect occlusal stability
  • Understand how, when, and why to use occlusal splints
  • Gain experience in record taking for transfer from the mouth to the articulator that accurately records the position chosen


CE Credits

Participation: Credit Hours - 12

AGD Code: 180

Course Fee

$795 (Dentist)
$395 (Staff)



Tufts Dental School

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Boston, MA 02111

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Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. Approval Date 11/15-12/19.


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