This course is designed to implement the philosophy outlined in Course II. This involves the three-dimensional case management process. This three-dimensional case management is absolutely essential when making vertical and horizontal changes to the system. Participants will be able to manage any restorative challenges and be confident they can provide the laboratory with the necessary records to restore the entire masticatory system. This includes partially and fully edentulous patients. In addition, Dr. Jim Howard will provide his perspective, gained from identifying and managing TMJ problems in over 13,000 TMD patients, with a focus on establishing joint stability before proceeding with complex restorative dentistry.
- Obtain a greater understanding of when tooth position vs. muscle position vs. condylar position should be used to establish the occlusal starting point for a restorative case
- Learn how the horizontal and vertical components of occlusion can be combined with dentofacial parameters to optimize function and esthetics
- Identify and categorize TMJ disorders into diagnostic subgroups and implement a treatment plan appropriate to the severity of the clinical findings
- Understand the importance of joint stability and the sequencing of occlusal therapy for patients with TMD
- Learn sequencing systems that provide the restorative dentist with a systematic approach to complex cases and full-mouth rehabilitations.
- Course I – Treatment Planning I
- Course II – Functional Occlusion I
Exception: For those specialists who are eligible to become a Kois Recognized Specialist, course prerequisites are modified to require completion of only Course II prior to attendance. Click here to learn more about Kois Recognized Specialist.