Thursday Hands on Course with Dr. Mark Lin – SOLD OUT

The rationale, principles and management of the dental occlusion as it applies to our clinical dentistry is of vital importance for the long-term success of our dentistry.

The use of fixed prosthodontics and dental implant further complicates this topic since an osseous integrated dental implant is less tolerant of the biomechanical forces.  Yet, most clinical dentists find this topic complex, confusing and difficult to integrate into private practice.  In addition, when the functional physiologic occlusion has been deteriorated to pathologic or non physiologic occlusion, the restoration and reconstruction of the occlusion can be complex.

This program will address the various topics that are essential to understand the biologic and biomechanical principles required to develop a functional occlusion for our patients for long term stability, comfort and physiologic function.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Occlusal equalization to achieve centric relations to maximal intercuspation position, indications and contradictions. Use of T-Scan digital occlusion evaluation for occlusion adjustments.
  2. Removable prosthetics occlusion equilibration to achieve balanced occlusion and diagnose max set up for fixed prosthetics and implant occlusion.
  3. Fabrication, adjustments, and insertions of occlusal splints to manage parafunctional habits. Treatment planning of various complicated cases from diagnostic records to step by step sequencing.

PARTICIPANTS NOTE:  For all Hands-On Course Participants enrolled in the hands-on workshop, please make impressions of Your Own Dentition, get bite registration in maximum intercuspation position, send to Shaw lab in attention to Mr. Mike Callaghan at

1 month before date of the course. (By August 23/19)

Dentists can decide if they wish for a maxillary or mandibular appliance when they write the prescription.  Shaw lab will fabricate either a maxillary or mandibular dual flex night guard with anterior disclusion ramp at no charge for the participants.  During the hands-on workshop, Dr. Lin will demonstrate the sequence of appliance insertion, confirm occlusion and verify mutually protected occlusion and may also use the T-scan for these occlusion adjustments. Once he has done the insertion demonstration on one of the participants, then you can select a partner and insert on each other.

We will bring all the supplies, electric motors, hand pieces, articulating paper, T-scan with sensors, etc…..

Participants please bring your Loupes to the course.  Also participants are welcome to bring their own patient cases for group discussions during this workshop.  Minimal diagnostic records required:

  1. a) Patient’s medical history with chief complaints
  2. b) Updated Panorex or full mouth series radiographs
  3. c)  Trimmed and mounted diagnostic models on semi-adjustable articulator with facebow mounting
  4. d)  Photographic series 

 Topics to be covered:

  1. Terminology defined: Centric Relation, Vertical dimension of occlusion, Centric Occlusion, Maximal intercuspal position, hinge axis, mutually protected occlusion and others.
  2. Diagnostic record requirements and case selection for comprehensive functional occlusion therapies
  3. Treatment position of Centric Relation versus Maximal Intercuspation Position
  4. Indications for Centric Relation position as a treatment position
  5. Various options in obtaining accurate repeatable Centric Relation Bite Records
  6. Indications for treatment alteration of the vertical dimension of occlusion
  7. Treatment options to determine the Vertical dimension of occlusion
  8. 5 Components of Masticatory function
  9. Posterior determinants of occlusion
  10. Anterior determinants of occlusion, anterior envelope of function, phonetics and aesthetics
  11. Treatment goals of mutually protected occlusion and occlusal equilibration requirements to achieve stable functional occlusion
  12. Clinical indications for use of facebows and semi-adjustable articulators; is it required, when, where, what type and how?
  13. Definition and treatment options for physiologic occlusion, non-physiologic occlusion and therapeutic occlusion
  14. Guidelines, indications and contraindications for occlusal equilibration
  15. Management of parafunctional habits
  16. Applications of digital impressions, CAD / CAM applications to fixed prosthodontics
  17. Management of attrition, abrasion, erosion and abfraction as aetiologies to occlusal instability and physiologic occlusion
  18. Definition for “Terminal Tooth Syndrome” and management protocol
  19. Splint therapies; when, which arch, hard or soft, what type of occlusion?
  20. Various occlusion therapies, theories and applications to clinical dentistry
  21. Implant occlusion; single implant crowns, implant retained removable prosthesis, implant supported fixed hybrid prosthesis, implant fixed porcelain prosthesis.
  22. Implant protected occlusion versus occlusion for natural dentition
  23. Algorithms to sequence full arch or full mouth reconstruction therapies

 Model hands on components

  1. Occlusal equilibration to achieve centric relations to maximal intercuspation position, indications and contraindications. Use of T-Scan digital occlusion evaluation for occlusion adjustments
  2. Removable prosthetics occlusal equilibration to achieve balanced occlusion
  3. Diagnostic wax set up for fixed prosthodontics and implant occlusion
  4. Fabrication, adjustments and insertions of occlusal splints to manage parafunctional habits.
  5. Treatment planning of various complicated cases from diagnostic records to step by step sequencing

Bio: Dr. Mark H.E. Lin received his dental degree from the University of Detroit Mercy in which he was on the Dean’s list for 4 consecutive years and finished within the top 5% of the class. He practiced general dentistry for 13 years, then returned to complete his postgraduate training in the specialty of Prosthodontics at the University of Toronto. Currently, he is serving as a part-time instructor at UofT’s post-graduate prosthodontic clinic. He is a contributing editorial board member in Prosthodontics for the Oral Health Journal. He maintains a full-time specialty practice as a Prosthodontist with a focus on full mouth reconstructions, dental implant surgery, various grafting procedures, implant prosthetics and management of implant complications. Dr. Lin is a Fellow and Diplomate with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) and is a Fellow and serves as an Examiner with the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in the specialty of Prosthodontics.

Title:  Advanced Fixed Prosthodontics and Functional Occlusion

InterContinental Toronto Centre, 225 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2X3  

Caledon /Oakville Room

8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Registration Starting at 7:30 am)

CE Credits: 7

Hands on Course Fee $ 495.00  (Available for Members and then Delegates) SOLD OUT

Student Fee $ 150.00

Fees (Include Hands on Course and Materials, breaks and luncheon with all taxes and gratuities)

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  • Shaw Dental lab
  • National Dental (T-Scan)
  • Unique Dental (Panadent Articulators)
  • Biohorizon Dental Implants
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