THE ROLE OF OCCLUSION IN PAIN, DYSFUNCTION, AND RESTORATIVE THERAPY We have developed a three-day option that is perfect to explore the evidence, answer all of your questions, and inspire you to step out of the mythical box of the past and into the realistic treatments of the future. Although Day One is optional, we highly recommend it to those of you who want to make this course one of the most meaningful experiences you will ever have. How many of us have dealt with a patient’s specific complaint of dental pain in the absence of dental disease? How often have we heard complaints of pain that doesn’t follow the concepts of the acute pain patterns we are trained to diagnose and treat? And as importantly, how often in our careers have we faced a patient with a positive occlusal sense or some degree of occlusal neuroticism? Over the span of the three days, we will explore these issues and so many more. You will learn how to diagnose and treat internal derangements in nonsurgical, conservative terms. We hope to eliminate the frustration of sending these patients to oral surgeons, many of whom are not trained in conservative therapies or sending them to self-anointed “TMJ” experts who often suggest massive dental “phase II” treatment plans. At the end of the first day, you will have a greater understanding of joint dysfunction and pain and be much more comfortable diagnosing and offering conservative treatment. In the next two days, you will further explore occlusal concepts and their implementation, as well as being taught high level restorative procedures from a true expert prosthodontist and teacher in Dr. Howard Chasolen. The complete three day course is designed to provide information to the general dentist to help clarify many of the misconceptions taught as myths and to provide the ability to implement the reality of occlusion into your every day restorative therapy.
Pre-Conference (Optional) Occlusion, Occluding, TMD, and Pain Control for General Dentists 2015 DON’T LET THIS TITLE FOOL YOU! The LEVEL 1 course is NOT only a course for those interested in intense courses on pain or dysfunction! This one-day course was originally entitled “ABC’s of TMD,” then “Tooth Wear to Migraine,” “Traumatic Occlusion and Bruxism,” and most recently, “Principles of Occlusion and Occluding.” Not one of these titles is appropriate, nor do any even suggest the real value of this course to every dentist. We all have had patients complain about a tooth which is painful, but for which there is no evident dental or periodontal cause. We all have had patients who experience muscle pain after a procedure, or question why their joint clicks and ask what can be done about it. And we all have been taught concepts about occlusion and dental “interferences” that sometimes seem logical – and sometimes do not. Often these concepts cause us to treat patients in ways that make “sense” to us – in the face of evidence that does not provide the clarity that we have been taught to believe it would provide. This course will look closely at that evidence – and the truth about the key role of occlusion will be revealed. This revelation is not only exciting, but also eye opening, and, most importantly, potentially helpful with EVERY patient we treat. Day one of the course will review orofacial pain and neuropathic pain concepts, including the role of the well advised dentist in the treatment of headache and neck pain. Understanding that it is nonsensical to call “migraine” a symptom of “TMD,” we will explore the incredible way a dentist can play a major role not only in migraine pain, but also all orofacial pain patterns in a real and practical way. To help attendees diagnose and treat pain patterns that don’t seem to have obvious peripheral causes, the course will focus on the important distinction between site specific acute pain patterns and chronic pain patterns. THIS IS A COURSE IN REALITY.