Why Occlusion Matters?

Occlusion is the cornerstone of successful dentistry, however, it also is perhaps the most misunderstood subject in dentistry. Why do restorations done with occlusal understanding last the test of time, whilst a lack of occlusal understanding causes iatrogenic damage to patients?

90% of the patients have occlusal disease, so learning the Principles of Occlusion and about Occlusal Assessments will allow you, as a dentist, to begin to treat occlusal disease, confidently and competently.

Understanding the language of occlusion and the schools of thought that exist will allow you to fully integrate the 5 principles of occlusion into your daily dentistry.

Knowing the theory of levers will allow delegates to explain clearly and logically to patients such that consent given is informed and patients are educated correctly about occlusal disease. Allowing them to make informed and legally correct choices, whilst allowing the clinician to practice defensive but correct dentistry.

Large VH and HV slides, when to treat and when to refer is fundamentally important. Understanding how this works and how these can be used to treat patients will reduce treatment or restoration failure.

Knowing when to use splint therapy, types of splints and duration and protocol of treatment will allow you to provide excellent care for all your patients bringing a whole new area of treatment available for your patients.

Written by – Vivek Gupta in discussion with Prof. Paul Tipton