Occlusion and Restorative Dentistry for the GDP

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Course description

This is a two-day comprehensive course designed to provide delegates with a thorough understanding of occlusion and its consideration in restorative dentistry, from single restorations to full mouth rehabilitations. The course will combine theory and hands on exercises.

Course structure and learning objectives:
Dental occlusion and the function of the masticatory system is the foundation of dentistry. However, it is probably the topic which most confusion creates among dentists. Throughout this course occlusion will be clarified in a simple manner, making the restorative dentist feel in complete control when undertaking any type of restorative procedure, from a single restoration to the management of a severely worn dentition.

The course will be divided in 2 days, with a combination of lectures (Module 1) and hands-on exercises (Module 2) throughout both days.


Module 1: Theory

  • Determinants of occlusion
  • Functional anatomy of the TMJ
  • Classification, differential diagnosis and management of TMD
  • Occlusal splints: The different types of splints and their specific indications
  • Rationale and use of a Facebow
  • Principles and types of articulators
  • Interocclusal records: Conformative vs re-organised occlusal approach
  • Increasing the OVD
  • Diagnostic wax-up
  • Relative tooth axial movement (Dahl concept)


Module 2: Practical

  • Occlusal examination
  • TMJ examination
  • Instruction in jaw manipulation to accurately obtain centric relation
  • Verification and registration of centric relation
  • Facebow record taking
  • Fabrication of an anterior deprogramming device (Lucia jig)
  • Technique to verify the accuracy of your diagnostic casts
  • Mounting of casts in centric relation on a semi-adjustable articulator
  • Fit and adjustment of a Michigan splint

Course speakers

Jon Bassanini

Expert in: Occlusion, TMJ, Restorative Dr Jon Bassanini graduated with Honours from Madrid in 2009. Shortly after, he moved to the UK, where he started working as a general dental

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