School of Dentistry

Continuing Dental Education

Providing timely and practical continuing education for dental professionals

Occlusion & Function

Occlusion & Function--Postgraduate Program in Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry: Level III

Friday-Sunday, October 17-19, 2014

Would you like to know the “secret” to long-term restorative success?

When veneers/crowns break, or wear is extensive, there is a solution that can work for you. Many restorative problems are the result of occlusal dysfunction. This hands-on program will give you the background and practical skills to create occlusal stability and longevity. You will benefit from hands-on experience with: 1) occlusal records, 2) articulators, 3) anterior previews, and 4) custom incisal guide tables. Dr. Fred McIntyre and Dr. Paul Olin will guide you through the laboratory and clinical steps that will establish a balanced occlusion. These predictable methods will help you not only with your everyday dentistry but also with complex restorative care.

Benefits and Objectives

During this continuing dental education program, you will learn how to:

  • complete a physical examination that includes comprehensive occlusal records.
  • perform an incisal edge mock-up with composite materials.
  • record centric relation as well as protrusive and lateral positions.
  • evaluate occlusal records.
  • integrate occlusal considerations into your complex restorative cases in practice.
Who Should Attend

This continuing dental education program is designed for dentists who want more knowledge and skill with diagnosing, treating and preventing occlusal problems.

This course is a core module in the “Postgraduate Certificate Program in Contemporary Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry.” Occlusion & Function is a prerequisite for the elective module “Advanced Occlusion & TMD” and also for the “Postgraduate Program in Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry: Level II—The Patient Series.”

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures, demonstrations, round table case discussions, laboratory exercises, patient participation. You will be working with each other as patients.


Fred McIntyre, D.D.S., M.S., Clinical Professor Emeritus of Restorative Dentistry at SUNY Buffalo; Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics. Dr. McIntyre has been active in research, has published several articles in refereed publications and has lectured on the subject of occlusion and esthetics at all levels of dental education. He is a consultant for Great Lakes Orthodontics and Chief of Prosthodontics at Buffalo VA Hospital.

Paul S. Olin, D.D.S., M.S., Director, Dental Implant Program; Associate Professor, Division of Prosthodontics, Department of Restorative Sciences, University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry. Dr. Olin practices part-time in the faculty practice at the School of Dentistry. He has extensive clinical experience with occlusion and esthetic dentistry. Dr. Olin is the Director of Postgraduate Programs in Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry Levels I-III at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Michael Spencer, D.D.S., practiced general dentistry in St. Louis Park, Minnesota for 37 years. Dr. Spencer is a graduate of the 1998 Postgraduate Program in Esthetic Dentistry: Level II, University of Minnesota. He is also a graduate of the Certificate Program in Esthetic Dentistry, University of Buffalo, New York, 2007. Dr. Spencer has served as a clinical mentor for the Postgraduate Program in Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry: Level II, at the University of Minnesota since 1999.


“This was the first time in 23 years of practice that occlusion was explained properly.”

“It is amazing what you start seeing after this course. A crown with a perfect margin may be causing a problem with another tooth if the occlusion is not right.”

“I liked the nuts and bolts practicality with emphasis on predictability.”

“This course answered lots of questions and solved the mysteries of occlusion.”

“Very precise and understandable. I am glad I took this course now rather than after 20 years of practice.”

Certificate Program in Contemporary Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry

The University of Minnesota Continuing Dental Education Program is pleased to offer a unique Certificate Program in Contemporary Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry. Dentists may earn a university certificate in contemporary restorative and esthetic dentistry, in addition to mastership credit for the Academy of General Dentistry and continuing education credit for relicensure requirements.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Postgraduate Program in Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry: Level I

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