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Clinical Occlusion: Diagnosing and Treating the Most Overlooked Aspect of Our Practice

September 24, 2022 08:00 am
- 05:00 pm
occlusion course

New Hands-On Course 

The primary focus of this hands-on program is to understand how to diagnose and treat patients with occlusal issues, and when it’s best to refer to a TMD specialist. Why are your veneers chipping? Why do some patients have anterior-only wear while others have posterior-only wear? How and when do we need to increase/restore VDO? All these questions will be addressed with a systematic algorithm that will provide you and your patients with the best approach possible. We use the “Diagnostic Diamond,” a formula-based system to integrate patient data in a clear and organized manner leading to a risk-based, sequential treatment plan.

The hands-on portion of the workshop will take dentists through the steps to take accurate aesthetically derived facebow records, the indications for and delivery of deprogrammers, centric relations records, equilibration and the five-step check. After this program, you will be able to better understand the diagnostic process with respect to occlusion and to formulate predictable treatment plans and restoration delivery for your patients which lowers the risks associated with occlusion-based failures. 

You Will Learn

  • How to perform a functional occlusion diagnosis
  • To employ three reliable techniques to take a repeatable CR record and know when to use each
  • To integrate the aesthetically derived face bow record into all your anterior cases
  • How to set the semi-adjustable articulator to improve your clinical results
  • When to increase or decrease VDO and when to leave it alone
  • To perform a trial equilibration on mounted casts to predict 100% success before initiating in-the-mouth adjustments

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for general dentists and prosthodontists looking to take their dentistry to “the next level” in patient care with foresight, compassion, ethics, integrity and efficiency.

Early Bird Tuition: $1,695 (for registrations received by August 24)
Regular Tuition: $1,795
Program: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm both days
Location: Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, 155 Fifth Street, SF
Credits: This activity is designated for 16 units of continuing education credit.

Workshop is limited to 20 attendees; includes continental breakfast and lunch on both days.


Richard G. Stevenson III, DDS, earned his DDS degree and AEGD certificate from UCLA School of Dentistry and obtained board certification from the American Board of Operative Dentistry. He has served as a mentor for the Richard V. Tucker Study Club and taught at both the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels at UCLA. He garnered Teacher of the Year awards from numerous classes at UCLA, including the prestigious ADA Golden Apple Award for Teaching. He is a graduate of the Kois Center and has served as a CE faculty member for UCLA’s Aesthetic and Implant Continuums. He maintains multidisciplinary practices in West Los Angeles and San Dimas. After a 26-year academic career, he started Stevenson Dental Solutions in 2015 to fill the gap between traditional education and real-world clinical dentistry for practicing dentists.

Cristina D. Lopez, DMD, is a 1991 graduate of the University of the East. After practicing general dentistry in the Philippines, she immigrated to the United States and obtained her dental license. She began as a lecturer in restorative dentistry at UCLA School of Dentistry in 2007, where she has served in several roles, including assistant to the chair in both the fixed prosthodontics and operative dentistry courses. She has given presentations throughout the U.S. and Asia in the areas of cast gold, veneers and dental materials. She is a member of the Los Angeles Advanced Restorative Study Club and has taught with Dr. Stevenson since 2008.

Early Bird Tuition: $1,695 (for registrations received by August 24); Regular Tuition: $1,795
155 5th St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
Arthur A Dugoni School of Dentistry
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