Restoring the Occlusally Challenged Patient

Patients with a diagnosis of TMD present with a combination of joint, muscle, and occlusal issues. Through a comprehensive exam, diagnosis, and appliance therapy we can understand their unique situation and achieve stability. The next phase for many of these patients is to create stability on the tops of their teeth and address their restorative needs. This course will look at how we customize the patient’s occlusal scheme and final appliance therapy to manage joint loading, muscle engagement, and occlusal wear for long-term patient comfort and stability.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • The relationship between joint loading and occlusal contacts
  • Harmonizing guidance for wear patients
  • Managing the occlusion for patients who clench
  • Altering vertical dimension
  • Balancing condylar guidance and occlusal contacts
  • Managing appliance therapy during the restorative phase
  • Patients with multiple occlusions

ADA CERP Certified

The Pankey Institute is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The Pankey Institute designates this activity for 22 continuing education credits.