2021 Speaker Series

Friday, October 22, 2021

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Maritime Conference Center

692 Maritime Blvd 

Linthicum Heights, Maryland


Occlusion and Case Planning

for Everyday Practice

7L CE Credits - AGD 180  Occlusion


Michael Melkers, DDS

Course Description:

Occlusion. It can be one of the driest and most confusing of subjects. It is, however, one of the most, if not the most critical aspect of diagnosis and treatment planning when it comes to the longevity of the restorative dentistry that we provide for our patients.  During this interactive lecture, Dr. Melkers will guide an exploration and discussion of where we have been as a profession, where we are in our understanding and what mysteries still need to be solved.  We will look at a dots and lines-understanding of the basic components and rationale for occlusal design, from one tooth to full mouth application. Joint position - when is it important and when does it not really matter - and occlusion you can use.  We'll discuss why your restorations are breaking and what can you do about it, as well as the what, why, and how of bite splints and occlusal guards.  Occlusal design in case planning and application, custom incisal guide table, and moving the information to your technician and keeping the details straight - all supported by cases, cases, and more case so you can see actual application.


The program will be a journey in and out of the confusion that we have believed and applied as a profession - what worked, what didn't and why. The fundamentals and theory of occlusion will be discussed but also supported with real world applications and case examples.  If you are a one tooth dentist looking to be a two tooth dentist, or if you are a few teeth dentist and want to be a quadrant dentist, or if you are a quadrant, arch or already doing full mouth rehabilitations, our goal is to help make you a better dentist tomorrow.

Course Objectives:

Participants in this course will gain knowledge in the following areas:


  1. Appreciate purpose vs process treatment planning as it applies to outcome based treatment planning
  2.  Understand the benefits of patient centered, doctor facilitated approach to case planning and acceptance.

  3. Learn when, why & how phasing treatment can be done safely.

  4.  Learn to recognize critical parafunctional red flags and why they matter

  5. Appreciate the balance between function, parafunction & aesthetics

  6. Learn realistic management of destructive forces in restorative dentistry

About the Speaker:

Dr. Melkers is a 1994 graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry and currently serves as Visiting Faculty at Rīga Stradiņš University and The Pankey Institute. He is also an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.  In the past he has been Director of Occlusion and Aesthetic Dentistry at the Pacific Northwest AEGD Residency Program and Visiting Faculty at The Spear Institute. He just finished his tenure as Editor for American Equilibration Society and received the 2018 AES President’s Distinguished Service Award.  Dr. Melkers is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, has his Fellowship in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and maintains a private clinical practice in Hanover, New Hampshire, with a focus on comprehensive adult restorative care.