DATE: Friday, March 5, 2021

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

LOCATION: Online course format via Zoom

TUITION: $195 DDS / $145 AUX

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

AGD Code: 180

Steven M. Morgano, DMD

Professor and Chairman, Department of Restorative Dentistry
and Director of Advanced Specialty Education Program
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in Newark, NJ.


Concepts of occlusion in the early 20th century were based primarily on the rehabilitation of totally edentulous patients with complete dentures. This mechanical approach to occlusion gradually evolved to become the biomechanical approach used today for restoring the natural dentition with fixed prosthodontics. Further refinement of our occlusal concepts became necessary with the introduction of implant-supported prosthodontics.

This course will review comprehensive principles of occlusion for fixed, removable and implant prosthodontics. Procedures for complete-mouth rehabilitation with fixed prosthodontics also will be described and illustrated step by step. The program will conclude with a discussion of the relationship of occlusion and temporomandibular disorders.


  • Familiar with the results of the studies relative to occlusal function and chewing patterns of the natural dentition
  • Able to describe the biomechanical principles of restoring an occlusion with fixed prostheses
  • Able to describe the differences between complete denture occlusion and natural occlusion, along with the mechanical principles of developing a functional occlusion for complete dentures
  • Able to describe the unique biomechanical features of implant-supported occlusion, along with methods of developing a functional implant-supported occlusal scheme
  • Able to define centric relation and describe how and when this jaw relationship is used in occlusal treatment
  • Familiar with basic concepts related to dental articulators
  • Able to describe the procedures used to completely restore a debilitated dentition with fixed prosthodontics
  • Able to relate the role of occlusion to TMD
  • Familiar with treatment approaches for patients with signs and symptoms of TMD

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