Occlusion: Principles & Benefits

Locations and dates

21-22 June 2019: TBC provisionally Cardiff
4-5 October 2019: Dorchester
15-16 November 2019: TBC

Revolutionise the way you see teeth! Spot the signs of occlusal disease in your patients: toothwear, cracked teeth, lost fillings, mobile teeth, recession, headaches and pain.

This is an essential introduction to the principles of Occlusion

Learn the basics to understand the best way to provide restorative, periodontal and orthodontic treatments. Build on that knowledge by learning new skills in a hands-on, practical day.

Courses throughout the UK

We run courses throughout the year in all parts of the UK including Cambridge, Glasgow and Cardiff.

In 2019 we have just run our Glasgow course in conjunction with Leca Dental. For dentists in the South West of England we have just added a course on 4-5 October in Dorchester.

Day 1 - Theory

Practitioners will be able to develop their understanding and management of headache cases, thereby developing a new area of patient care within their practice. The seminar also includes TMJ anatomy and function and the use of appliances.

Participants will be supplied with an articulator and study models to help understand the three dimensional nature of occlusion and the role of articulators and facebows in treatment planning.

  • To describe the basic principles of Occlusion.
  • To explain the static & dynamic anatomy of the TMJ & associated musculature
  • To introduce the concept of tooth wear and the factors that affect it.

Learning Objectives. You will be able to:

  • Describe the functional movement of the mandible
  • Identify when parafunction is a factor in tooth loss
  • Plan when to utilise further investigation

The theory course can be booked independently.

Day 2 - Practical

Delegates MUST have completed Theory Introduction to Occlusion

This hands-on course is designed to build on the knowledge and skills you’ve gained from the one-day theory.

Places are limited to a maximum of 12 participants who will learn the following:

  • Facebow registration and mounting of an upper model
  • Centric relation manipulation; each participant will manipulate and be manipulated by one of the instructors
  • Construction of an anterior jig
  • Use of a Leaf Gauge and centric relation records to mount a lower model
  • Construction of a lower stabilisation splint on the mounted models
  • Delivery of the stabilisation splint to the patient

Participants will work in pairs, so that at the end of the day they will have produced an appliance and be wearing one.

Articulators, facebows and all materials will be provided.

Lead Tutor: Laurence Murray BDS

Laurence qualified from Dundee University in 1981 and worked in several practices in the south before joining Abbots Lodge in 1984 and became a partner in 1988. He is interested in all aspects of dentistry and has attended numerous courses in the UK and abroad especially America. He has been placing implants since 1996 and accepts referrals for them and other advanced restorative treatments. Laurence has a special interest in TMD and the way in which teeth relate to headaches and neckaches and has been lecturing on occlusion and advanced dentistry both here and abroad since 1995. He is currently the Director of Education for the British Society for Occlusal Studies (BSOS). He has a contract with the local health authority for orthodontics and oral surgery.

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