Treatment Planning Guidelines for Esthetics, Tooth Wear and Occlusion

Terry T. Tanaka, DDS

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This course is co-sponsored with the Seattle King County and Snohomish County Dental Societies.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th Street SW
Lynnwood, Washington  98036

This course is primarily designed for dentists.

Download Course Application Form
register through the Seattle-King County Dental Society.

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Until February 21 (after, $10 more)
$140/Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Office Staff

*There are no discounts for this course.

CREDITS: 7 hours

Course Description

“Recent advances in science and technology” have changed the traditional approaches to problem solving and now require a broader “interdisciplinary treatment planning approach.” Although the basic treatment plans must be restoratively driven, more complex problems require that the general dentist understand the many options the other disciplines can offer. Instead of looking only for restorative solutions (crowns, bridges and implants), simple orthodontic movement and advanced periodontal therapies must now be considered for more optimal treatment planning. Most of these treatment planning options are not taught in dental school curricula because they require a broader knowledge base that comes with experience and continued study.

Current guidelines taught in graduate programs will be presented and participants will be asked to identify the presence and etiology of specific problems and recommend primary and secondary or alternative treatment plans.  The practitioner will define:

  • The primary goals of treatment
  • Who will do what, in what sequence, and why?
  • What are the patient’s esthetic requests and demands
  • What are the occlusion requirements of the patient and how realistic are they?

These questions and the latest guidelines will be presented in this problem solving/treatment planning program.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the presence and etiology of specific problems and recommend primary and alternative treatment plans by employing current guidelines taught in graduate programs.
  • Discuss new guidelines for masticatory function and oral habits, (clenching, bruxing), and how they affect occlusal and interproximal contacts and anterior esthetics.
  • Consider patients with both commonly seen and complex restorative problems, such as overlying muscle and joint conditions that will complicate not only the ability to complete the restorative procedure, but also the selection of the proper restorative material.
  • By means of a practical “patient rounds” section of the course, effectively listen to a patient history, read x-rays, identify and select the important criteria affecting the outcome and make a diagnosis and treatment plans.


TERRY T. TANAKATERRY T. TANAKA is a Clinical Professor at the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry, in Graduate Prosthodontics and maintains a private practice in prosthodontics in Chula Vista, California. He is the director of research of the Clinical Research Foundation, a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and the director of Restorative and Prosthodontic Study Groups in San Diego and Honolulu, Hawaii.

He has published numerous articles and his educational DVDs on Anatomy for Implant Dentists, Restorative Procedures, TM Dysfunction and Splint Therapy and Head and Neck Anatomy are used in over 85 dental and medical schools and surgery programs throughout the world. Many have been translated into Japanese.

He is a member of the Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontics, American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and the American Equilibration Society, and is a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry. He also holds fellowships in the Academy of Dentistry International, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists and is a Past President of the Academy of Dentistry International.

An active Rotarian, he helped found one of the largest comprehensive Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery and Dental Care Mission teams from the USA that provides free craniofacial reconstructive surgeries and dental care for needy children in Latin America. He has received numerous honors for his humanitarianism by many international organizations including the ADA, AGD, ADI, ACD and Rotary International.

* Dr. Tanaka continues to donate all of his speaking honoraria to a non-profit foundation for dental research and charitable endeavors, the Clinical Research Foundation.

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University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.

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