Occlusion Confusion: The Multiple (Inter)Faces of Occlusion

Occlusion Confusion: The Multiple (Inter)Faces of Occlusion

2:20 – 2:55 P.M.
Henry A. Gremillion, DDS
Louisiana State University School of Dentistry

Following this session, the attendee should be able to:

  • Describe the basic principles of anatomy and function of the masticatory system.
  • Recognize the clinical signs and symptoms of maladaptive occlusion.
  • Discuss the dentist’s role in the diagnosis and management of sleep disturbances, specifically nocturnal bruxism.

The masticatory system functions in a complex, integrated, orthopedic manner. Long-term orthopedic stability is dependent on many factors. A causal relationship between mechanical stresses such as those associated with bruxism has been suggested by many. Excessive forces may promote maladaptation and/or pathology. This presentation will include a recommended protocol for patient evaluation. Molecular biological factors currently recognized to result from excessive mechanical stresses applied to these structures will be highlighted.

Biography: Dr. Henry A. Gremillion graduated from Louisiana State University School of Dentistry, where he later served as a Dean. He maintained a private general dental practice from 1977 to 1989. He later completed a 2-year Fellowship in Craniofacial Pain and Dysfunction at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Currently he serves as the P. E. Mahan Endowed Professor in Orofacial Pain in the Department of Orthodontics and holds an affiliate appointment in the Department of Prosthodontics at the UFCD.