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153: Functional Occlusion

Science Driven 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
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: 19.5 Lecture Hours
Code 184: 8 Participation Hours



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Understanding and managing functional occlusion is essential to the long-term stability of restorative dentistry.  Successful occlusal management must incorporate a range of important considerations, from force management to laboratory and articulator management, to patient psychology, neurology and pharmacology.  With the myriad of opinions and approaches that exist within the dental profession, managing occlusion can be a daunting responsibility.

Occlusion Explained

Dr. Kois’ philosophy of occlusal management incorporates diverse concepts and scientifically supported facts to supply successful, predictable, repeatable outcomes for both simple and complex restorative cases.

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This Functional Occlusion Course will provide you with a practical understanding of the masticatory system and teach you to utilize your laboratory technicians, office team, innovative technology and the dental articulator to predictably manage occlusion.  You will be introduced to accessible methods which are scientifically researched, evidence-based and clinically proven.

What is a Kois Deprogrammer?

What is a Kois Dento-Facial Analyzer?

The “Three P’s”- Position, Place and Pathway.

  • Understand that, as a result of insight into the way humans chew, the concept of Anterior Guidance is no longer valid.
  • Be prepared to confidently implement the skills and concepts for predictable management of patients immediately following the course

Course Objectives

  • Gain a clear understanding of Maximum Intercuspal Position, Centric Relation and Centric Occlusion.
  • Learn to ask key questions related to Occlusion in the Dental History form and how to interpret the answers.
  • Learn a classification and risk assessment system of normal and abnormal attrition of teeth, including: Acceptable Function, Frictional Chewing Pattern, Constricted Chewing Pattern, Occlusal Dysfunction, Parafunction, and Neurological Disorder.
  • Learn how and when to use the Kois Deprogrammer and other centric relation recording devices. You will work with your fellow participants to fabricate, deliver and experience your own Kois Deprogrammer.
  • Learn how to mount models on the Panadent articulator using the Kois Dento-Facial Analyzer and to incorporate improved refinements on traditional methods.
  • Understand a new, simplified terminology for occlusal management.

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