Understanding the role occlusion plays is important for the long-term success of our restorative dentistry. Our knowledge about occlusion has been based on gnathologic principles. These concepts are the basis of a mechanical system with focus on posterior determinants and mutual protection. If it is that simple, why can’t we predict when or why occlusal pathology develops or why can’t we always create a therapeutic occlusion? This presentation will focus on biologic principles necessary for developing a functional occlusion. New paradigms developed by Dr John Kois will be presented to enlighten participants about understanding occlusal dysfunction. This focus will develop principles for force management of the masticatory system and parameters to determine the most appropriate occlusal scheme. By focusing on key elements, the practitioner will be able to predict more successful restorative results and know when complex treatment is not necessary.
From this lecture participants will learn:
Dr Ken Harris graduated with BDS from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1982, passed MFGDP(UK) in 1996, finally achieving Fellowship of Royal College of General Dental Practice FFGDP(UK) in 2017. He also holds an MSc in Restorative & Aesthetic Dentistry (with distinction) from the University of Manchester. Ken maintains a fully private referral practice with branches in Sunderland and Newcastle upon Tyne specialising in complex dental reconstruction cases based upon sound treatment planning protocols. As one of only 2 Accredited Fellows of British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD), Ken acts as tutor and examiner for the BACD Accreditation process. He is a sustaining member of American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and holds membership of British Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry (BAAD). Ken was the first UK Graduate of the Kois Center across in Seattle where he now acts as a Mentor. He is currently UK Clinical Director for the California Center for Advanced Dental Studies and acts as Clinical Director for Dentist Direct; the UK-based dental corporate group. Ken is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry (IJCD), and despite being a full-time Practitioner, he has penned numerous articles in the dental press while still managing to fulfil a busy teaching schedule both nationally and internationally.
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