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Occlusion 101: Physiology, Anatomy and Biomechanics of Occlusion

Friday, September 27, 2019, 2:30 PM


The first step on the pathway to mastery of dental occlusion is acquiring a strong conceptual understanding of its scientific basis. Restorative dentistry and orthodontics always change the patient’s dental occlusion whether the dentist is aware of it or not. Even minute changes to the height or shape or the position of a tooth, change force patterns on the entire masticatory system. In turn, every change in force patterns impacts oromotor behavior. This course guides attendees through the scientific principles that are the foundation of dental occlusion. It will provide a deep understanding of neurophysiological, anatomical and biomechanical principles that dictate how and where the teeth occlude, facilitating the treatment of complex problems such as bruxism, clenching, TMD and sleep apnea. Learning Objectives: Understand the neurophysiological mechanisms that regulate occlusion Understand the anatomical and biomechanical parameters that govern jaw movements. Identify the signs and symptoms of occlusal dysfunction Recognize the differences between mechanoreception, proprioception and sensory motor integration Learn how the biomechanics of malocclusion causes tooth wear and abfractions Appreciate the functional anatomy of the TMJs, AOJs, and muscles of the head, neck and pharynx Understand the pathological processes underlying TMD, bruxism and sleep disorders Understand the relationship between malocclusion and breathing problems Learn why creating ideal dental anatomy should be the goal of every treatment plan Learn how to develop a phased approach to treatment Develop the skills for effective treatment communication Teaching Methods:  Lecture and demonstration Prerequisites:  None Dates: Friday, September 27, 2019, 7:30AM- 6:00PM, Saturday September 28, 2019, 8:00AM- 6:00PM CE Credits:  16 CE credits will be given AGD subject code 180 Occlusion Tuition Fees: Registration:  $2,000.00 Save $200.00 with our Early Registration when booked by June 15, 2019  Meals Registration:  includes breakfast lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday Course Director: Dr. Jay Harris Levy, DDS Biography: Dr. Jay Harris Levy, DDS is an internationally recognized clinician and speaker. Dr. Levy’s courses emphasize the physiology anatomy, biomechanics and restoration of the dental occlusion. He maintains a private dental practice in Portland, Oregon, which focuses on occlusion, restorative dentistry, TMD and airway disorders.  In 2018 Dr. Levy founded Levy Occlusion Seminars.  Dr. Levy received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from New York University where he went on to teach restorative dentistry as an Assistant Professor.   He maintained a private dental practice in New York City for 17 years and then moved to Oregon. At Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) he developed a sensory-physiology research program that explored the mechanosensory mechanisms that underlay mastication. While teaching restorative dentistry at the School of Dentistry he completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neurophysiology and he received a Certificate of Training in Human Investigations from the School of Medicine. He served on the teaching faculty at OHSU as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Structure and Function, Department of Integrative Biosciences, Department of Prosthodontics and the Department Community Dentistry. Dr. Levy’s engineering background, neurophysiology research and years of clinical practice and teaching enable him to take occlusion education to the next level. Levy Occlusion Seminars THIS ACTIVITY HAS BEEN PLANNED AND IMPLEMENTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE STANDARDS OF THE ACADEMY OF GENERAL DENTISTRY PROGRAM APPROVAL FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION (PACE) THROUGH THE JOINT PROGRAM PROVIDER APPROVAL OF COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT SEMINARS AND LEVY OCCLUSION SEMINARS. COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT SEMINARS IS APPROVED FOR AWARDING

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