The Art & Science of Complete Dentistry
Patient demand for cosmetic dentistry has never been greater. This has led many dentists to invest considerable time, effort, and money, mastering various cosmetic procedures and techniques. While this is commendable, it should be recognized that it is one thing to be able to make pretty teeth, and an entirely different thing to make pretty teeth that actually last and function in harmony with the rest of the masticatory system. An acceptable cosmetic result, without regard for function and/or parafunction, will often result in premature case failure. What the successful clinician of today requires is a logical and systematic methodology in approaching prosthetic/cosmetic cases that will lead to a predictable and durable end result. This requires a practical understanding of fundamental occlusal principles, materials, and more importantly, just how to use them.
The Long Island Center for Advanced Dentistry has developed a series of programs designed to stress the concept of comprehensive dentistry and show how to predictably treatment plan and develop essential skills necessary to provide complete dental care. This series, both lecture and hands-on courses, will concentrate on dental occlusion, the temporomandibular joints and comprehensive esthetic restorative dentistry and enable the practitioner to develop principles and techniques which will prove to be the foundation for the successful practice of comprehensive, complete, and predictable dentistry.
Lecture Course 1
This seminar is the first step in our Complete Dentistry Series. We will demonstrate the timeless message that good, esthetic and comprehensive dentistry begins with a thorough understanding of dental occlusion and the functions of the masticatory system. We will give a clear understanding of how the TM joint, muscles, and teeth work and are designed to function in harmony with one another. This seminar will answer some of the confusing questions regarding occlusion such as, just what is the difference between centric relation (CR), centric occlusion (CO), and maximum intercuspation (MIP)? How do you know what to use where? This program will stress the concept of comprehensive dentistry and show how to predictably treatment plan and provide dentistry ranging from porcelain veneers to complex full-mouth reconstructions. Learn how to comprehensively evaluate your patients through a complete, thorough examination with meticulous record taking and photography. A number of clinical cases will be shown and discussed.
- Envisioning the big picture (total dentistry for total success)
- The difference in the 4 major occlusal philosophies
- The comprehensive exam (the place to start)
- Anatomy and diagnosis of the TMJ (occlusion begins here)
- Introduction to occlusal science (force be with you?)
Lecture Course 2
Part 2 of this lecture series will continue where Part 1 left off. This course is designed to implement the thought process necessary in creating systematic treatment plans for any complex situation. You will learn to comprehensively evaluate your patients through a simplified, systematic approach. Each dentist will discover how to visualize ideal dentistry from an esthetic and functional standpoint, and apply these principles to their everyday practice.
- Facebow transfers (why and how)
- Centric relation bite records (bilateral manipulation, Lucia jigs, and more!)
- When to equilibrate (and when not to!)
- Esthetics and function (why you must have both to be successful)
- “Neuromuscular” occlusion (fact or fiction?)
- How to approach a complete dentistry