Real World Occlusion: It’s Not Just Teeth
Boston, MA • December 15, 2017, 9:00 AM - December 16, 2017, 4:00 PM
Join Drs. Kugel and Mehta for this expanded, 2-day course as they bring their clinical experiences and expertise to help you blend the concepts of esthetics, function, and dysfunction into your everyday treatment regimen!

In most dental occlusal concepts the primary difference is one of condylar versus muscular positions. This is consistent with the textbook images of saggital condylar positions or the diamond shapes of the lateral excursive movements according to Posselt. However, these concepts do not take into account the three dimensional structures of the craniofacial skeleton due to the relative difficulty of many dentists in visualizing how the muscles, TM Joints and the teeth all function in harmony. Risk indicators of occlusal disharmony include parafunction, trauma, posture, sleep architecture, as well as psychological and neurologic inputs to the neuromuscular pathways. Finally, management of patients with Temporomandibular and Cranio- Cervical dysfunctions often require the use of intra-oral appliance therapy.

The course will cover:
  • A step-by-step guide to 3-D examination of the occlusion
  • Split fabrication
  • Record-taking for transfer from the mouth to the articulator
  • Bite registration technique
  • An exploration of the biology relevant to occlusion
  • Advances in digital bite registrations and virtual articulation
Participants are encouraged to bring their own nightguards, so that they can practice making adjustments during the course. Hard and soft chairside appliances will be fabricated.
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
One Kneeland Street
Boston, MA 02111
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Lodging Information
The hotels listed below are within walking distance of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and offer a Tufts rate to program participants. Because rates vary depending on availability, please book your room early.

Courtyard by Marriott
Boston Tremont
275 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
Reservations: 800.321.2211
Phone: 617.426.1400
Fax: 617.482.6730

The DoubleTree Hotel
821 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617.956.7900
Fax: 617.956.7901

The W Hotel Boston
100 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: 617.261.8700
Fax: 617.310.6730
Speaker Information
GERARD KUGEL, DMD, MS, PhD Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine; Editor, Inside Dentistry

NOSHIR R. MEHTA, BDS, DMD, MDS, MS Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Service, Senior Consultant, Craniofacial Pain Center; Associate Dean, Global Relations, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Certified by the American Academy of Orofacial Pain and the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
Credit Information
Tufts University School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 12 continuing education credits.

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. Approval Date12/15-11/19. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit house by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at
Cancellation Policy
The Division of Continuing Education reserves the right to end registration when enrollment limit is reached and to cancel, modify, or alter content or faculty for any course if circumstances indicate the need for such a change. If the school finds it necessary to cancel a course, a full refund will be granted. All attempts to contact registrants will be made as soon as possible in the event of a course cancellation. The school will not be held responsible for any losses due to travel arrangements made by the registrant.

In the event of inclement weather (such as a snow emergency) or other extenuating circumstances, the Division of Continuing Education may be forced to cancel a course. If a course has been cancelled, we will contact participants by the phone number and/or email address provided. You may call or email our office on the day of the course if you are uncertain of a course’s status.


Full tuition refund or credit will be given for cancellations received at least two weeks prior to course date. Refunds or tuition credit will not be issued for participant no-shows.
12 CEU's for $795/Dentist; $395/Staff
Learning Objectives
  • Discuss the evidence related to occlusal concepts
  •  Review the role of parafunction and sleep disorders on the longevity of dental stability
  • Discover why dental changes can affect occlusal stability
  • Understand how, when, and why to use occlusal splints
  • Gain experience in record taking for transfer from the mouth to the articulator that accurately records the position chosen
Target Audiences
Dentists and Staff