Without a doubt, one of the most popular topics in restorative dentistry is the restoration and/or management of the worn dentition. It is always a top question during question and answer sessions at meetings and remains a confusing dilemma for the restorative dentist. Of special significance is the “pain/restorative disconnect”. This is the gap of connection between the TMD/facial pain specialists and the reconstructive restorative dentist. The void in understanding the differences in occlusal treatment modalities for patients diagnosed with a temporo-mandibular disorder/facial pain or a dentition in need of reconstruction for dental or cosmetic reasons. In other words, what is the correlation between TMD and occlusal reconstruction? Do occlusal interferences warrant equilibration? Is there one particular condylar position or vertical dimension that is best for a reconstruction? And so importantly, does joint or muscle pain mandate occlusal reconstruction?
The worn dentition presents a unique set of cofactors and clinical issues requiring consideration. If one scours the literature, there is much in the way of case presentation, anecdote and dogma. However, a current, evidence based and scientific look at the restoration of the worn dentition has rarely been presented. Yet, fear and reservation remains in the hands and minds of many clinicians with regards to topics such as the interrelationships between reconstruction and TMJ issues. vertical occlusal dimension, esthetic determinants, occlusal philosophies, articulator systems and current state of the art in dental materials. At the forefront of the confusion are the legendary assumed relationships between occlusal interferences, occlusal wear, equilibration, reconstruction and the resolution of TMJ and facial pain issues. This ground-breaking 2-day program will answer all of today’s challenging questions regarding the relationships between the TMJ, muscles, teeth, parafunction and detail the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and post operative management of the worn dentition. A foundational discussion of the anatomy, physiology and neurobiology of the masticatory system will be presented. It is a must for anyone wishing to become comfortable with advanced fixed prosthodontics. We hope you can attend and will look forward to seeing you in Sarasota on the beautiful and sunny Gulf Beach.
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