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Friday, April 13, 2018

Aesthetics That Are Built to Last

All Day Event


Conference Center at the Maritime Institute
692 Maritime Blvd
Linthicum Heights, MD , 21090

The Maryland AGD is proud to present Dr. Joyce Bassett's lecture and hands-on program "Aesthetics That Are Built to Last: The Synergy of Esthetics and Function to Gain a Simple and Predictable Approach to Occlusion"

Failures in dentistry are frequently blamed on materials, but in reality many times we, the dentist are the culprit. We treat the anterior teeth as cosmetic challenges, and we forget to look at the relationship of form and function. We will simplify occlusion by applying a few basic principles so we can find and create a predictable bite to support the joint and the muscles. Whether we are restoring a single tooth with composite or a full mouth aesthetic case with porcelain, you will apply what you learn in this course. Comprehensive restorative treatment planning must include recognition of the patient's incisor position and morphology, their dento-facial requirements, and a determination of an appropriate vertical dimension. Additionally, to ensure restoration longevity, functional assessments of bite force management; envelope development, occlusal guidance and parafunctional forces must be understood and identified so the final restoration design will predictably accommodate the intra-oral forces. Without an understanding of the science and symptoms of malocclusion, we as dentists will continue to treat our patients to their existing pathologic conditions. Achieving aesthetically exquisite anterior restorations requires additional knowledge of smile design, material selection, and preparation techniques.

This presentation will explore frequently seen problems that occur during restorative treatment. Clear, reproducible bites and systemized techniques will be presented to treat every aspect and ensure aesthetics that are BUILT TO LAST.

Learning Objectives:

  • A step-by-step approach of determining the most appropriate occlusal scheme based upon the amount of anterior guidance needed, choosing the proper VDO, when to use MIP versus CR and when to equilibrate.
  • Identify signs and symptoms related to occlusal instability and communicate diagnosis and treatment options to the patient.
  • Integrate sound occlusal principles and force management in your cases and create synergy between form and function.


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