Cancelled: Real World Occlusion: It's Not Just the Teeth (Hands-on Course)
  • Friday, May 12, 2023-Saturday, May 13, 2023
  • 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
  • Location: Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston


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Gerard Kugel, DMD, MS, PhD, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Comprehensive Care at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. With an expertise in Clinical Research and Esthetic Dentistry, he is a reviewer for The New England Journal of Medicine, JADA, The Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry, and the Clinicians Report. He is on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, Compendium and Inside Dentistry, where his is Editor Emeritus. He is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and the Academy of Dental Materials. Dr. Kugel has his PhD in Dental Materials, and also has his Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Dr. Kugel has published over 150 articles and over 300 abstracts in the field of restorative materials and techniques. He has given over 400 lectures both nationally and internationally. Dr. Kugel is part of a group practice, the Trinity Dental Center in Boston, MA.




NOSHIR R. MEHTA, BDS, DMD, MDS, MS, For over 49 years, Dr. Mehta has been a part of the faculty at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. In 1976, he co-founded the first school based TMD center in the country which grew into the current Craniofacial pain center at Tufts. He is currently a senior adviser to the Craniofacial Pain, Headache and Sleep he co-founded. Dr. Mehta has a special interest in orofacial pain and dental sleep medicine. He lectures nationally and internationally on these topics. Dr. Mehta has received numerous awards from various dental organizations including the prestigious Hayden Stack Award from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and, most recently, 2015 Clinician of the Year from the Massachusetts Dental Society. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals, is editor of the sleep section for the Journal of Craniomandibular and Sleep Practice and sits on the editorial board of several other international publications. He is the senior author of the textbook Head, Face and Neck Pain: Science, Evaluation and Management published by Wiley in 2009. Dr. Mehta received his BDS degree from Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital, India in 1967 and his MDS degree from King Georges College and Hospital Lucknow India in 1969. He earned a Post Graduate certificate in Periodontology in 1971, and then earned a Master of Science from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1973 followed by his IS DMD in 1977.

Course Details

A dentist's guide to function, esthetics and stability of the Maxillomandibular and Craniofacial Complex.


In most dental occlusal concepts, the primary difference is one of condylar versus muscular positions. This is consistent with the textbook images of sagittal 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, psychological and neurologic inputs to the neuromuscular pathways. Finally, management of patient with Temporomandibular and Cranio-Cervical dysfunctions often require the use of intra-oral appliance therapy. Studies however have reported variable results.

Historical perspective suggests that different appliances and different mandibular positions be needed for different types of disorders and that the “one for all” appliance may not be an effective strategy to pursue.


The course will cover:


  • Review of the evidence on occlusal concepts currently in vogue
  • CR, CO and neuromuscular occlusion as it relates to the three-dimensional concepts of biologic function, when and how to choose
  • Biologic principles of dental occlusion
  • Role of parafunction and sleep disorders on the longevity of dental stability
  • Risk indicators of TMD that “call out to you” from your patient's mouth before beginning any dental treatment
  • How and why dental changes can affect the head and neck stability of an individual
  • Merging esthetics and function for long-term stability and health
  • How, when and why to use occlusal splints in the development of a stable occlusion regardless of whether the patient has TMD


Hands-on component will cover:


  • A step-by-step guide to three-dimensional examination of the occlusion
  • Hands-on record taking for transfer from the mouth to the articulator that accurately records the position you have chosen
  • Splint fabrication

Learning Objectives
  • Review of the evidence on occlusal concepts currently in vogue
  • Understand CR, CO and neuromuscular occlusion as it relates to the three- dimensional concepts of biologic function, when and how to choose
  • Review the biologic principles of dental occlusion
  • Recognize risk indicators of TMD that “call out to you” from your patient's mouth before beginning any dental treatment
  • Learn to merge esthetics and function for long-term stability and health
  • Understand the new techniques in digital dentistry and how they can provide valuable additional information about patients' occlusion
  • Participants will observe the instructor perform an occlusal evaluation, digital scan and bite registration; and learn to perform these procedures.



This course is designed for all dentists.

CE Credits

Credit Hours: Participation: Credit Hours - 14

AGD Code: 180

Course Fee

Dentist: $1890

TUSDM Faculty: $1700

TUSDM Alumni: $1700

VA Members: $1512



Remaining Seats: 23

COVID-19 Rules and Regulations

Tufts University is committed to promoting safe campus environment. Currently there are no required screenings prior to attending a Continuing Education/Lifelong Learning and Distance Education course at Tufts University School Dental Medicine.

Individuals are asked to use masks on clinical floors and masking is an option in classroom settings.

Coronavirus and Health Safety Refund Policy

For the health and safety of our participants and school community, all participants are required to adhere to the most current COVID-19 policies listed on the registration page. If these school policies change, all participants will be notified of the change and the registration page will be updated. If a participant does not adhere to the vaccination/booster requirements or mask policy, they are not eligible for a refund and cannot join the event.

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Full tuition refund or credit will be given for cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the course start date. Refunds or tuition credit will not be given after that time or to no-shows.

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Educational Method

Live Lecture with Hands on Workshops


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