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FDC2021 Session Directory

'Sound' Bites: Quick, Easy, Reliable Diagnosis for Malocclusion and Parafunction

Course Code: C28
Speaker: Dr. William Lea, DMD
CE Hours: 3.00
Start: Friday, June 25, 2021, 9:00 AM
End: Friday, June 25, 2021, 12:00 PM
Audience: Dentists, Assistants, Hygienists, Laboratory Technician, Dental Student


Dr. Lea’s morning lecture will share a clear, quick and easy to apply way to incorporate an accurate, reliable and dynamic three-dimensional, three-minute occlusal diagnosis into everyday clinical dentistry. Attendees will learn an actionable explanation of how occlusal dysfunction and malocclusions have a direct and significant role in creating parafunctional habits in causing problems and symptoms in the periodontal attachments, the teeth themselves and, in extreme situations, the head and neck joints. A clear, obvious criteria for recognizing and establishing healthy, comfortable, stable and functional dentitions will be shared. This is a two-part course (C28 and C45) that is best attended as a full-day learning experience. For comprehensive learning, you must register and pay for both courses for the full-day experience. However, attendees may take either the morning or afternoon course separately.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to: 

  • comfortably deal with the two necessary functions: swallowing (habitual closed position) and chewing (lateral excursions).
  • recognize the three dental malocclusions: inadequate vertical support through the first molar area, premature contacts anywhere, and unwanted lateral forces created on closure or chewing.
  • understand and employ a quick, reliable, low tech, low cost, occlusal diagnosis.
  • fabricate and understand the principles for a lower, soft, correctly supportive, unrestrictive, dynamic, 3-dimensional screening appliance. 

Speaker: Dr. William Lea, DMD, Dr. Wm. E. Lea Inc.

About the speaker: Dental degree, University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry; private practice, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Disclosure: Neither I nor members of my immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to this presentation.

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