Analysing and diagnosing TMJ and occlusal problems in practice from the start can prevent many hours of frustration and costly mistakes in dental care. Learn how to systematically examine, document and diagnose TMJ and occlusal disease patterns. Prescribe suitable preventive and remedial treatments and ensure that your dentistry stands the test of time by controlling destructive occlusal forces.
This course aims to teach the fundamentals of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and occlusal function and dysfunction for the general dental practitioner.
By the end of the course, the delegate will understand how to:
- examine and analyse a patient’s TMJ function, occlusal scheme and envelope
- diagnose TMJ and occlusal dysfunction and understand the mechanisms by which they occur and the premature damage that deranged occlusions can cause.
- design deprogrammers / splints and design occlusal schemes for different scenarios
- understand the principles and objectives of equilibration and guidance
- read, prescribe and diagnose TMJ MRI scans
- The principals and determinants of occlusion – how it all fits together
- The importance of proper TMJ examination, diagnosis and treatment
- Occlusal analysis and detection of pathological occlusal processes – what are we looking for?
- The principles and use of deprogrammers
- Record taking (practical) and laboratory communication
- The use of MRI in TMJ diagnosis (Dr Kevin Lotzof)
- Articulating casts and occlusal analysis and equilibration (practical)
- Occlusal schemes – natural variation vs orthodontically treated vs reconstructed occlusions
- Planning occlusal schemes, vertical dimension and achieving harmony of function, aesthetics and stability
- Long-term stability and occlusion of teeth, implants and reconstructed dentitions
- Maintenance and monitoring to prevent future problems
Case discussions on how certain scenarios would be treated in practice and avoiding pitfalls in unusual occlusal schemes.
Bring your nurses!
6 hours of didactic lecturing.
Approximately 6 hours of hands-on practical examination, photographic and video recording of occlusion, record-taking, laboratory steps and use of articulators.
Download links to presentations will be provided for you to refer to later, please bring your laptops for ease of reading.
We have arranged preferential rates at the Holiday Oxford Circus, please contact Sarah Ward after booking for contact / booking forms.
Please bring plaster or printed models of your teeth for practicing of articulation, occlusal analysis and equilibration. These should have a solid base for articulation.
Please also bring loupes and light for the clinical and equilibration stages.
All practical hands-on equipment will be supplied courtesy of Prestige. Prestige have been our sponsor and supporter of the course for many years for which we are most grateful.
However, if you have a preferred facebow or articulator and wish to take records on your lab equipment, then please feel free to bring these along with you.
Type of CPD (A,B,C or D) based on GDP Enhanced CPD development outcome requirements
Development outcomes in bold
Effective communication with patients, the dental team and others across dentistry, including when obtaining consent, dealing with complaints, and raising concerns when patients are at risk.
Effective management of self and effective management of others or effective work with others in the dental team, in the interests of patients, providing constructive leadership where appropriate.
Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field(s) of practice.
Maintenance of skills, behaviours and attitudes which maintain patient confidence in you and the dental profession and put patients’ interests first.
12 hours of CPD
Dr Carol Ann (Annie) Smith (2022): Such an awesome course. So well organised and run. The teaching is exceptional and the course content is fascinating. Koray explains everything so well. The practical element is extensive and just what you need to put it into practice on Monday morning. Such great value for money and awesome company. The best occlusion course ever. Genuinely all dentists should do this! Thank you so much.
Dr Sabheen Bokhari (2022): An eye-opener and very informative course. Recommend highly this TMJ and occlusion course for every dentist. It will increase the success rate of your restorations and save you from complaints in dentistry. Explains TMJ disorders and occlusion. It must be included in the curriculum of restorative dentistry. Dr Feran is the best at explaining everything in detail.
Dr Renata Redka (2022): Thank you for an excellent 2 days. I have learned a lot.
Dr Danny Tran (2022): Informative, practical and essential knowledge. Still great and fresh as a course despite my second appearance!
Dr Knut Gatzschmann (Norway / 2022): Finally an interesting TMJ course with perfect harmony of theory and practice. A real eye-opener and a good reminder for the importance of TMJ and occlusion.
Dr Caroline Bromley (2022): Clear explanations of a topic that is often regarded as a “dark art”. I highly recommend this course for every GDP and for every specialist in every field of dentistry; not only a fact-filled and informative weekend but also with a great support team. Very fun course.
Dr Peter Buchan (2022): Occlusion demystified
Dr Nikolaos Reizis (2022): The 2-day course simplified and made clear a lof of difficult concepts about TMJ and occlusion. Koray was very helpful by explaining everything thoroughly and by showing the practical aspects of examination, diagnosis and treatment of occlusion. I would highly recommend this course to everyone.
Dr Juliana Brito (2022): An amazing course. So much information, knowledge and practical tips shared without holding back. I have assisted several dentists throughout the years and never come across such level of detail and expertise. Everyone was incredibly kind beyond my expectations and Dr Koray is super friendly and approachable! Highly recommended! Thank you for everything!
Dr Christopher Elmes (2022): I thought I knew occlusion but now I have a new view on what to look at and how to evaluate patient’s equilibrium. Sounds difficult to grasp but if you follow the step by step process very doable.
Dr Padala Lakshmanareddy (2022): The course was really informative, wish occlusion was taught like this in university. Really opened my eyes to how vast the subject is. Koray and his team are fantastic, very welcoming, can’t praise them enough.
Dr Thomas Stapleton (2022): Superb concise overview of occlusion with detailed ways of application to clinical practice.
Dr Stewart Simpkins (2022): Fantastic course, would highly recommend this to a dentist at any stage of career wanting to make sense of a normally poorly taught subject.
Dr Udeh Tochukwu (2022): An amazing course that really makes you question how you have been practicing. It is a course you wish you could take immediately after graduating from university, however, you need at least a few years of practice to see some of the mistakes that can be caused by not properly assessing the occlusion.
Dr Sami Choudhry (2021): Concise explanation of complex subject.
Dr Serene Lam (2021): Learnt a lot about the importance of the TMJ in relation to occlusion. Very thorough and helpful lecture on how to assess occlusion – practical was particularly helpful to apply what was covered in the lecture.
Dr Olivia McCormack (2021): Hands-on demo by Koray was fantastic. Thank you!
Dr Georgina Pickett (2021): Absolutely brilliant course, career changing.
Dr Charles Viggor (2021): A lot to absorb in one day but has really been an excellent session. Thanks.
Dr Fabio Perez (2021): Excellent content and the way is presented with the theory and clinical content combined. I would always highly recommend it to all colleagues. Thank you!
Dr Balika Reddy (2021) : I feel the course made me reflect on my day to day practice and has made me think outside the box. Koray is extremely approachable and friendly. He has a knack of explaining everything in a simple manner. I enjoyed the two days and I look forward to changing the way I work.
Ciara Hemmingway (2021) : I came on the course to support my dentist. As a nurse the knowledge I have gained is so valuable. From the basics to case reviews and MRI’s. I got to see a different way to work and a new appreciation for occlusion.
Dr Gurjit Pattar (2021): Great organised course that made occlusion a lot easier to understand and examine. Real practical tips that can be applied on Monday.
Dr Hesham El-Wakeel (2021): The course was well planned. Koray was incredibly humble & approachable & broke down what felt like a complex subject into easily digestible portions. Well worth it.
Dr Olurotimi Adesanya(2021): Very open and informative course. Systematic and logical approach to restoring patients. Highly recommended course.
Dr Sami Butt (2021): The course delivers on Koray’s reputation as one of the best clinicians in the world. What is not advertising is how entertaining his impersonations are!
All delegates are encouraged to bring their nurses.
The course is restricted to dental surgeons and their dental nurses (14 maximum total).
Lunch and teas / coffees will be served each day and your dietary requirements can be indicated on the accompanying booking form.
Please join us for dinner on Friday night!