Master the philosophies of occlusal reconstruction and the issues that go along with it

WALT DISNEY WORLD SWAN AND DOLPHIN Howard M. Chasolen, D.M.D. , Barry H. Glassman, D.M.D.


Course Details


Without a doubt, one of the most popular and confusing topics in restorative dentistry is the ongoing debate regarding occlusion. Occlusion has two very distinct applications in today’s dentistry. The first application is occlusion and its relationship to restorative dentistry. The second is occlusion and its relationship to TMD, facial pain, joint dysfunction and the reported associations with headache and upper quarter pain patterns. Through case presentations and scientific literature, this one of a kind program will finally explain the difference between these two very different yet critically important scenarios.

For years, confusion and fear have led to non-scientific and dogmatic philosophies. Some philosophies overzealously discuss the “correction” of the bite as a treatment for temporomandibular related problems. Other philosophies overcautiously forbid the alteration of the occlusion for needed restorative purposes even for the patient with no joint symptoms. This confusion has led many to both over-treat and under-treat patients based on mis-information and myths passed down from previous generations misusing empirical evidence as science.

This unique 3 day program includes a full day on evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and management of the facial pain patient. The first day of the 3 day option will develop an understanding of occlusal dysthesia, internal derrangements, arthralgias, degenerative joint disease, ligament injuries, acute vs chronic pain, neuropathic pain and headache neurobiology, pharmacotherapy and injection techniques for extracapsular and intracapsular disorders.

On day 2 of the program, after a practical and relevant review TM joint and muscle anatomy and physiology, Drs. Chasolen and Glassman will present a detailed and patient centered concept starting with a history and followed by a physical examination. A careful description of function and parafunction including pathophysiology of parafunction and sleep bruxism will lead to an understanding of force vectors, patient adaptive capacity and the role of function and parafunction as forces that threaten your patients and the dentistry you do for them. The different occlusal reconstructive philosophies will be examined, compared and contrasted. Finally it will be clear why some patients with malocclusion do well – and those with better occlusions (by our current standards) may not.

On day 3 of the program, Dr. Chasolen will cover the details of occlusal reconstruction. Discussing treatment planning, the relationship of VDO, condylar position and cosmetics, restorative considerations for the envelope of function and parafunction, wax up parameters, temporization, articulators and understanding how to use an articulator for reconstruction. A discussion on appropriate materials, the causes of porcelain and tooth fracture, occlusion and implants, occlusion and the advanced periodontal patient and other special topics will be the most comprehensive day in today’s education.

While this program is a must for anyone wishing to become comfortable with advanced fixed prosthodontics, it is truly equally essential for any dentist who wants to see past occlusal mythology that does nothing to help our patients and has truly been confusing when one looks beyond the confirmation bias that occurs in our offices daily. The emphasis will be not only on occlusion for the restorative dentist but how to deal with odontogentic pain from a non odentogenic source, and so much more.

What to Expect

  • Plan accordingly for future success
  • Experience the enjoyment of a thriving Prosthodontics practice…without all the pitfalls
  • Implement a step-by-step process to streamline diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment management

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Day 1- Understanding the Relationship of Pain, Occlusion and Restorative Dentistry (program times may vary)

  • 7:15 - 8:00am


  • 8:00am - 10:00am


    -Normal function

    -Critical discussion of occlusal dysesthesia

    -Internal derrangements

    -Joint arthralgia

    -Degenerative joint disease

    -Craniomandibular/ cervical complex- putting teeth and occlusion into perspective

    -The Role of ligament injuries in peripheral pain patterns




  • 10:00am- 10:15am


  • 10:15am-12:00pm


    -Force vectors of function (swallowing and mastication)

    -Masticatory cycles

    -Force vectors of parafunction

    -Appliance design and concepts

  • 12:00pm-1:00pm


  • 1:00pm-3:00pm


    -Site specific vs non-specific pain

    -The model change to treat pain

    -The role of history vs imaging

    Pathophysiology: central and peripheral wind-up

  • 3:00pm-4:00pm


    -Review of parafunctional control



    -Role of occlusal adjustments and equilibration

    -Cognitive behavior control and emotional support

    -Review of alternative therapies

    -Injection therapy


Day 2- Basic Sciences for Occlusion and Restorative Dentistry (program times may vary)

Day 3- Occlusion in Clinical Restorative Dentistry (program times may vary)



Dr. Howard Chasolen graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1991. He earned a specialty certificate in Prosthodontics and a fellowship certificate in Implant Prosthodontics from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine from 1991 to 1994. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He is a Past President of the Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, The Florida Prosthodontic Association and The Sarasota County Dental Association as well as being appointed to the faculty at the University of Florida in the Graduate Prosthodontic Residency Program. He has restored over 20,000 units of crown and bridge, 1000 full arches, and 9,000 implants. His practice is limited to Prosthodontics and is located in Sarasota, Florida.


Dr. Barry Glassman graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973. After a stint in the United States Army, he began a journey to learn how we, as dentists, could help our patients who suffered pain and/or joint dysfunction. His sometimes tortuous path through continuing education experiences began with Niles Guchet, continued to the office of Harold Gelb, and hit a temporary destination with a tour through neuromuscular training with BioRESEARCH. Finally, having his fill of the “kool aid” approach to each ideology, he took the path less traveled and decided to study the science and determine the true role of occlusion. Unshackled by the mythology, he began to understand that occlusion matters when teeth are occluding, and that even continuous teaching of a myth cannot make that myth a reality. He began talking about the key role of parafunction as opposed to function.


Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
1500 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
P.O. Box 22653
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Call: 800-227-1500 and ask for the “Chasolen Dental Group Rate”

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Area Activities

In the heart of the Walt Disney World® Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is your gateway to Central Florida’s greatest theme parks and attractions. The resort is located in between Epcot® and Disney’s Hollywood StudiosTM, and nearby Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Magic Kingdom® Park. Come discover our 17 world-class restaurants and lounges, sophisticated guest rooms with Westin Heavenly Beds® and the luxurious Mandara Spa. Enjoy five pools, two health clubs, tennis, nearby golf, and many special Disney benefits, including complimentary transportation to Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Attractions, and the Extra Magic Hours benefit.

Our Mission

The Chasolen Education & Research Center’s mission is to educate the dental professional, and provide the dental professional with the opportunity to attain the highest level of mastery in the evaluation, diagnosis, planning, delivery of treatment, and after-care management in the discipline of restorative dentistry.

Through his three custom-designed programs, Dr. Chasolen strives to develop a critical-thinking process that allows the dental professional to achieve a mastery level treatment outcome through analysis of clinical presentation, application of state-of-the-art scientific information and technology, and understanding of evidence-based and clinically tested philosophies and treatment protocols.