DATE: Sunday, January 22, 2023

TIME:  Registration 8:30 a.m. - Lecture: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is recommended; registrations can be completed the morning of class.

LOCATION:Loma Linda University School of Dentistry - 11092 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, CA 92350

TUITION: $195 DDS / $145 AUX

CREDIT: This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 7 units of continuing education.

AGD Code: 780

Portrait of Dr. Van Haywood
Van B. Haywood, DMD

Professor, Department of Restorative Sciences
Dental College of Georgia

Occlusal Disease, Splint Fabrication and Occlusal Adjustment Technique


Occlusal disease is one of the three main challenges to maintaining a healthy dentition, in addition to caries and periodontal disease. Recognizing the signs of occlusal trauma on the teeth and restorations allows the dentist to minimize the effects and avoid restoration failures. Treatment can consist of an occlusal adjustment of the teeth, or a bruxism splint to protect both the teeth and restorative care.


  • Identify signs of occlusal disease on teeth and restorations, and determine appropriate treatment possibilities from a splint to an occlusal adjustment
  • Determine a predictable simple method for mounting casts to fabricate a maxillary occlusal bruxism splint that is easy to fit and adjust
  • Learn the sequential technique for an occlusal adjustment to create a mutually- protected dental occlusion following basic guidelines.

Restorative and Bleaching Tips: Matrices for composite restorations; Novel bleaching trays.


While the typical bleaching tray fabrication is well described, sometimes there are situations for which either different tray fabrication options or different impression techniques may serve the patient and the practice better. Thermoplastic trays may be indicated for children, orthodontic patients, high caries patients without the need for impressions.

To obtain a successful posterior composite restoration with proper proximal and occlusal contacts, as well as proper form and function, the matrix band, placement and finishing techniques must be carefully addressed. This presentation will explore the various options for matrix bands, with tips on placement and finishing the composite


  • List seven different ways to make bleaching trays or impressions
  • Demonstrate segmental matrix techniques and clinical applications
  • Observe the use of the 12-blade scalpel and different burs on finishing composites

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