Aesthetics Built to Last: The Synergy of Esthetics and Function to Gain a Simple & 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 dentofacial
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
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.
Objectives for this course:
1. 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.
2. Identify signs and symptoms related to occlusal instability and communicate diagnosis and
treatment options to the patient.
3. Integrate sound occlusal principles and force management in your cases and create synergy
between form and function.