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Continuing Dental Education

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Occlusion & Function

Occlusion & Function: Evaluation and Restoration of the Worn Dentition

Friday-Sunday, September 16-18, 2016

Are you intimidated by extensive restorative or worn dentition cases? Would you like to increase your confidence and skill in order to effectively treat more complex cases in your practice?

When veneers or 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 comprehensive hands-on continuing dental education course will give you the background and practical skills to create occlusal stability and longevity. You will benefit from discussions, demonstrations and hands-on exercises that will aid you in the diagnosis and treatment planning of extensive restorative and severely worn dentition cases. You will leave this program with the information you need to know to confidently treatment plan and restore complex cases in your practice.

Benefits and Objectives

Spend three days with two experienced prosthodontists learning how to: 

  • complete a physical examination that includes comprehensive occlusal records.
  • determine incisal position and envelop of function. 
  • satisfy your patient’s esthetic demands while maintaining occlusal and functional stability.
  • integrate occlusal considerations into your complex treatment cases in practice. 
Who Should Attend

Dentists who want to develop their knowledge, skill and confidence in diagnosing and treating extensive restorative cases and the severely worn dentition.

This course is a core module in the “Postgraduate Certificate Program in Contemporary Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry,” and a prerequisite for the “Postgraduate Program in Contemporary, Esthetic & Implant Dentistry: Level II—The Patient Series.

Educational Methods

Illustrated lectures, demonstrations, round table discussion, laboratory exercises and patient participation. You will be working on each other as patients. You are asked to bring a complex restorative or worn dentition patient case from your practice for discussion and treatment planning.


Previous course participants have shared:

“I strongly recommend this program to all general dentists desiring to advance their skills in restorative dentistry.” Dr. Paul Racine, Clio, MI

“This course was exactly what I was looking for to expand my understanding of occlusion and occlusal disease.”

“Best course I have been to, wonderful experience.” Dr. Hilary Stevens, Saskatoon, SK

“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.”

Course Instructors

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 related to esthetics and has lectured on the subjects of 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 maintains an active prosthodontic and esthetic dentistry practice. 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. 

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 & Implant Dentistry: Level I





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