UW School of Dentistry


Dental Curriculum Threads

Dental Occlusion

Course Director: James Newman
Credits: 3
Quarters/Yr of Program: Winter / 1

Course Overview

This is a lecture and laboratory course that teaches how to recognize and develop an optimal occlusion, expanding previous knowledge and manual skills. Waxing techniques teach development of proper occlusion. Principles of occlusion, etiologies of occlusal traumatism, principles and techniques of occlusal adjustment.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Describe the functions of the Dental Articulator and its individual components. Correctly program a semi adjustable articulator.
2. Discuss the various occlusal articulations and the concept of centric relation and Maximum Intercuspation. Understand the importance of these concepts.
3. Describe the relationship of occlusal morphology to mandibular movements and discuss how variations in mandibular movements affect occlusal form.
4. Discuss the determinants of occlusion using the proper terminology, and how variations in these determinants affect occlusal pathways.
5. Describe the role of the various muscles of mastication. Describe how each one affects specific mandibular movements.
6. Explain concepts of occlusal adjustment.
7. Solve clinical problems related to occlusion.
8. Apply basic dental laboratory procedures and exhibit manual dexterity skills.
9. Describe temporomandibular disorders.
10. Demonstrate the process of an occlusal adjustment
11. Describe the physical, mechanical, clinical, and biological properties as well as clinical applications of dental materials.
12. Demonstrate critical thinking skills that allow integration of clinical information in interpreting and treating patient conditions of occlusion.
13. Demonstrate clinical skills in occlusal examination and making of a centric relation record.

UWSOD Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 14

Date last updated: 2018-01-23