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303: Advanced Functional Occlusion

Complex Restorative Management

Instructor: Dr. John Kois


Course Hours

7am-6pm Thursday & Friday

7am-5:30pm Saturday

Lunch is provided daily at Birch featuring the award winning Executive Chef Jeffrey Kessenich.

Social Events

Thursday Evening
Welcome Reception
On the first night of the course, attendees are invited to attend a “Welcome Reception” at Birch where they can better acquaint themselves with other classmates, Mentors, Clinical Instructors and the Kois Center Team.

Friday Evening
Boat Night
On the second evening of the course, Dr. Kois and his wife Karen invite you and your significant other to join them for a two hour boat cruise and dinner aboard Excellence featuring beer, wine and some of Chef Jeffrey’s signature dishes!

CE Credits

This course provides 27.5 continuing education credit hours and includes lecture, participation, demonstration, case presentation and discussion.

AGD Credit Allocation:
Code 184: 24 Lecture Hours
Code 184: 3.5 Participation Hours



Exception: For those specialists who are eligible to become a Kois Recognized Specialist, course prerequisites are modified to require completion of only Course II prior to attendance.

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Biologic Principles in Advanced Functional Occlusion

Understanding the biologic principles involved in developing a functional occlusion is vital to achieving predictable long-term restorative success. Traditionally, occlusion courses have centered on condylar position, muscle tension and gnathologic concepts such as canine guidance and mutual protection. The interpretations of these different schools of occlusion can be challenging to navigate.

Dr. Kois brings clarity to the similarities and the differences between the various occlusal philosophies while expanding on the concepts introduced in 153 Functional Occlusion, including TMJ disorders and their management. He presents evidenced-based studies which redefine the options available for occlusal treatment.

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The new paradigms presented in 303 Advanced Functional Occlusion will empower you to treat your patient’s restorative needs predictably and successfully and enable you to assess TMJ health and know the boundaries of your treatment options.


Course Objectives

  • Obtain a greater understanding of when tooth position vs. muscle position vs. condylar position should be used to establish the occlusal starting point for a restorative case.
  • Learn how the horizontal and vertical components of occlusion can be combined with dentofacial parameters to optimize function and esthetics.
  • Learn multiple techniques to obtain centric relation as a restorative reference position.
  • Identify and categorize TMJ disorders into diagnostic subgroups and implement a treatment plan appropriate to the severity of the clinical findings.
  • Understand the importance of joint stability and the sequencing of occlusal therapy for patients with TMD.
  • Learn which lab records are required for cross mounting casts for complex cases and full-mouth rehabilitation.
  • Learn new techniques, technologies, and materials to stage and segment complex cases.
  • Learn the objectives of equilibration, and practice them through hands-on learning.

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