RESD 517

Functional Analysis of Occlusion

Sami Dogan

3 Credits / Quarter 3 (Spring, First Year)

Course Description

Clinical and laboratory experiences in examination and charting of patient’s occlusion, record-taking for analysis of occlusion on a dental articulator, and preclinical diagnostic correction of problems of occlusion on articulated clinical casts. Provides basic background and technique information relative to laboratory and clinical experiences.

Educational Objectives

The student will gain knowledge and skill in the functional analysis of occlusion. The objectives will be for the student to be able to (1) examine and chart a patient’s occlusion, (2) determine the need for correction of occlusion, (3) accurately mount in centric relation patient’s dental casts on a semi-adjustable articulator, (4) analyze the articulated casts, (5) perform diagnostic adjustments of the articulated cast, (6) diagnose and understand management of parafunctional habits, and (7) describe the indications for the use of an acrylic occlusal splint and the advantages for its use.

Course Outline

Lecture topics include: functional analysis of occlusion (with a review of laboratory procedures and clinical examination for occlusal assessment); diagnostic occlusal adjustment; neuromuscular physiology; muscles of mastication; clinical cases; occlusal interferences related to muscle tenderness; the temporomandibular joint; signs and symptoms of traumatic occlusion and parafunctional relationships; splints in occlusal therapy; characteristics of a properly adjusted splint; and pediatric dental anatomy.

Course Expectations

To successfully meet the requirements of this course, the student is expected to attend lectures and laboratories and demonstrate his/her knowledge of the lecture topics and their laboratory skills through laboratory projects, midterm and final lecture examinations, and a midterm and final laboratory examination.

Effective Winter Quarter 2007, completion of on-line course evaluation is a requirement of this course. Failure to comply will result in an “Incomplete” grade being assigned.

Competencies Addressed

  • UWSOD Competency 1: Examine a patient using contemporary diagnostic methods to evaluate the head and neck region and to reach a diagnosis of the patient’s oral and craniofacial health status.
  • UWSOD Competency 5: Recognize the limits of their expertise and seek consultation with other health care providers to facilitate patient care.
  • UWSOD Competency 14: Manage periodontal diseases.
  • UWSOD Competency 16: Manage diseases and conditions of the teeth.
  • UWSOD Competency 17: Manage replacement of teeth for the partially or completely edentulous patient.


  • Functional Analysis and Adjustment of Occlusion (Syllabus), Richard B. McCoy
  • Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry: A Contemporary Approach, Schwartz, Summit and Robbins, 1996, Chapter 1.
  • RESD 517 Syllabus

*last updated: 11/7/2011

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