The Evolution of Implant Occlusion
4:00 – 4:35 P.M.
Thomas D. Taylor, DDS, MSD, FACP
University of Connecticut Health Center
Following this session, the attendee should be able to:
- Identify reasonable approaches to restoration of the human dentition in combination with implants.
- Differentiate between the various theories of occlusion as they relate to modern prosthodontics.
- Discuss how the inclusion of dental implants in our treatment plans requires different occlusal designs than those of natural teeth.
Human dental occlusion has long been regarded as being based on scientific investigation. In reality our understanding of occlusion has evolved primarily through anecdote, empiricism, and dogma. This presentation will attempt to distinguish reality from the myriad assumptions that guide our everyday practice of prosthodontics, particularly as they relate to dental implant restorations.
Biography: Dr. Taylor is professor and head, Department of Reconstructive Sciences and chairman of the Division of Prosthodontics at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He is past president of the American College of Prosthodontists and the American Board of Prosthodontics. Dr. Taylor also served as executive director of the ABP from 2001 until 2018.