Let’s Simplify Occlusion in Prosthodontics-How Our Concepts Have Evolved
3:25 – 4:00 P.M.
Steven M. Morgano, DMD, FACP
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Following this session, the attendee should be able to:
- Recall studies relative to occlusal function of the natural dentition.
- Describe the biomechanical principles of restoring an occlusion with fixed prosthodontics.
- Review basic concepts related to dental articulators.
Concepts of occlusion in the early 20th century were based primarily on the rehabilitation of totally edentulous patients with complete dentures. This mechanical approach to occlusion gradually evolved to become the biomechanical approach used today for restoring the natural dentition. This presentation will review these contemporary principles.
Biography: Dr. Morgano is professor and chairman of the Department of Restorative Dentistry at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and former professor and director of the Division of Postdoctoral Prosthodontics at Boston University School of Dental Medicine, from 1996 to 2014.