Occlusion Mentorship Level I

Demystifying Occlusion for the General Dentist: Putting Practical in to Practice

Type: Lecture | Hands On | Clinic

Starts June 9th, 2022  

Credits: 36 CE


What is occlusion and what do you really need to know. This series has assembled a group of successful practicing dentists that will present the essential knowledge, techniques and materials that they actually use in their practices every day.

Course Director: Bruce J. Crispin DDS, MS

Dr. Crispin is a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. While he is best known for starting the UCLA Center for Esthetic Dentistry in 1989 and Esthetic Professionals in 1998, his foundation in Prosthodontics was in Occlusion. His master’s thesis was a clinical study on occlusal splints.
Over the last 3 decades, he has watched the decline of occlusal studies in universities and the revival of occlusal theories in private institutions. Most dentists are intimidated by “Occlusion”, what it entails and how to deal with it their practices. For the majority of patients treated in private practice it is not that complicated. The “Occlusal Mentorship Level I” is designed to provide practicing dentists a solid foundation upon which to deal with occlusal related issues.

Guest Faculty: Dr. Rick Borquez DDS

Dr. Borquez also has extensive training in treating TMJ, Facial Pain, Headaches and Sleep Apnea/Snoring disorders. He is board certified (one of three in the Santa Barbara/Ventura counties with a Diplomate status) from the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, www.aaop.org and is a member of the AADSM (American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine), www.aadsm.org. Dr. Borquez is on faculty at USC Dental School Orofacial Pain Clinic, instructing post-graduate dental students in all aspects of orofacial pain disorders. Please view the information regarding TMD/Facial Pain and Sleep disorders.

Guest Faculty: Dr. Brad Eli, DMD

Dr. Brad Eli is nationally recognized by colleagues and patients as a leader in pain management and the treatment of sleep disordered breathing. He is one of an elite group of board-certified Orofacial Pain Specialists in the nation with the advanced training and experience to diagnose and manage complex facial pain problems.

Session I: June 9th-10th, 2022
Session II: June 23rd-24th, 2022

This new and unique program will have a lecture, hands-on and clinical format. The lectures will provide the necessary foundation for clinical diagnosis and treatment. The hands-on exercises will provide the experience necessary to develop the confidence to apply what has been learned in this Mentorship. The clinical component will allow you to practice what you have learned on patients to help reach a higher level of confidence and understanding.


III. Non-Restorative Part I (Thursday day 1)

(Dr. Rick Borquez & Dr. Bruce Crispin)
8:00-8:30 Welcome and introductions
8:30-9:00 Lecture: “Course overview: What is occlusion and what do you need to know” (Dr. Bruce Crispin)
9:00-10:00 Lecture: “Overview of oral facial anatomy and examination techniques” (Dr. Rick Borquez)
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Hands-on clinic: Oral facial examination (work in pairs)
(Need Handout)
11:00-12:00 Lecture: “Bruxism” (Dr. Rick Borquez)
12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 Lecture: “Occlusal Appliances” (Dr. Rick Borquez)
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-5:00 Video: “Occlusal Splints Part I”
Hands-on clinic: Impressions (PVS & digital), bite registrations and prescription for maxillary full coverage occlusal splint. (fabricate models for Friday PM)

IV. Non-Restorative Part II (Friday AM day 2)
(Dr. Brad Eli and Dr. Bruce Crispin)
8:00-8:30 Group interaction and concerns (start lecture)
8:30-10:00 Lecture: “Types of oral facial pain” “Acute versus chronic pain: how to diagnose” “How to prevent and manage iatrogenic pain”
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:30 Lecture: “When and how to treat pain and when to refer” “Importance of early intervention in pain management”
11:30-12:30 Demo/Hands-on clinic: Quick splint
12:30-1:30 Lunch

V. Restorative Part I (Friday PM day 2)
(Dr. Bruce and Kristi Crispin)
1:30-2:30 Lecture: “Diagnosis of occlusal related problems that can be treated or minimized with restorative procedures” (Evaluate resident’s digital impressions)
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-3:45 Lecture/Videos: “Restorative terminology” “Diagnostic procedures when and how: facebows, interocclusal registrations (CO and protrusive), articulator selection
3:45-5:00 Hands-on clinic Facebow (ear bow and Koise), CO and protrusive interocclusal registration (mount 2 sets of models)

VI. Non-Restorative Part III (Thursday AM day 3)
(Dr. Bruce and Kristi Crispin)
8:00-8:30 Resident Q & A (start lecture)
8:30-9:00 Video: Splint delivery
9:00-10:30 Hands-on: Splint delivery
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:15 Hands-on demonstration: “Programming the articulator with the protrusive registration”
11:15-12:00 Lecture: “Diagnosing occlusal problems, conservative occlusal modification, diagnosing subtractive VS additive solutions”
12:00-12:30 Hands-on/demo clinic: Resident occlusal evaluation
12:30-1:30 Lunch

VII. Restorative Part II (Thursday PM day 3)
(Dr. Bruce and Kristi Crispin)
1:30-2:00 Hands-on lab: Additive occlusal modifications: stablishing canine guidance
2:00-3:00 Lectures: “Anterior and Poster occlusal principles and restorative design for conservative restorative cases (1-6 units)”
3:00-3:45 Break
3:45-5:00 Lectures: “Restoring occlusion in advanced cases with no vertical dimension change: interocclusal registrations, pre-restorative therapy (when?), role provisional restorations, minimizing occlusal adjustments, sequencing, provisional cementation”

VIII. Restorative Part III (Friday day 4)
(Dr. Bruce and Kristi Crispin)
8:00-8:30 Resident Q & A (start lecture)
8:30-10:00 Lectures: “Restoring occlusion in advanced cases requiring vertical dimension change, interocclusal registrations, pre-restorative therapy (when and why?), roll of provisional restorations, sequencing, minimizing occlusal adjustments”
10:00-10:45 Clinic Demo: “Anterior deprogrammer and open VD interocclusal registration”
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Hands-on clinic: Anterior deprogrammer and Open VD inter occlusal registration
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Lecture: “Segmenting complex cases as opposed to treating all at once”
2:30-3:30 Lectures: “Designing occlusion for various implanted supported restorations” “Occlusal failures”
3:30-3:45 Break
3:45-5:00 Q and A
Resident Case Reviews: residents will bring in cases form their offices to discuss. Need study models, photos and x-rays if possible.


-What is occlusion and what do you need to know
-Understanding the stomatognathic System
-Diagnostic procedures and technology
-Preventing Iatrogenic patient problems
-Controlling acute VS chronic symptoms
-Treatment techniques, technology and tricks
-Removable treatment options
-Subtractive VS additive occlusal treatment options


-Diagnosing occlusal problems, technology and procedures
-Articulation: when, why and how
-Conservative and advanced restorative occlusal techniques
-Treating the symptomatic VS non-symptomatic patient
-Predicting and planning restorative outcomes
-Treating advanced wear cases
-Predicting outcomes for advanced wear cases
-Minimizing occlusal and restorative failures
-Designing occlusion for implant cases
-Case reviews

Hands on workshop exercises:

-The oral exam and important measurements
-Occlusal splint appointment one and two procedures (traditional VS digital) optimal results in a minimum of time
-Quick Splint
-Facebow alternatives and interocclusal registrations (No vertical dimension change)
-Simple techniques to program an articulator
-Diagnosing occlusion related problems
-Additive occlusal treatment

  • Entire Program: $2495
  • Group Discounts – 10% – 25%

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