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Occlusion 101: Physiology, Anatomy and Biomechanics of Occlusion

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Hotel Vintage Portland

422 SW Broadway

Portland, OR 97205

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The first step on the pathway to mastery of dental occlusion is acquiring a strong conceptual understanding of its scientific basis. Restorative dentistry and orthodontics always change the patient’s dental occlusion whether the dentist is aware of it or not. Even minute changes to the height or shape or the position of a tooth, change force patterns on the entire masticatory system. In turn, every change in force patterns impacts oromotor behavior.

This course guides attendees through the scientific principles that are the foundation of dental occlusion. It will provide a deep understanding of neurophysiological, anatomical and biomechanical principles that dictate how and where the teeth occlude, facilitating the treatment of complex problems such as bruxism, clenching, TMD and sleep apnea. Time invested in the study of the science of occlusion is rewarded by an appreciation for its elegance and complexity and the ability to bring comfort and lasting health to patients.

Occlusion 101 lays the groundwork for later courses that will provide step-by-step instructions for treating occlusion related problems.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the neurophysiological mechanisms that regulate occlusion
  • Understand the anatomical and biomechanical parameters that govern jaw movements.
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of occlusal dysfunction
  • Recognize the differences between mechanoreception, proprioception and sensory motor integration
  • Learn how the biomechanics of malocclusion causes tooth wear and abfractions
  • Appreciate the functional anatomy of the TMJs, AOJs, and muscles of the head, neck and pharynx
  • Understand the pathological processes underlying TMD, bruxism and sleep disorders
  • Understand the relationship between malocclusion and breathing problems
  • Learn why creating ideal dental anatomy should be the goal of every treatment plan
  • Learn how to develop a phased approach to treatment
  • Develop the skills for effective treatment communication

Teaching Methods:

  • Lecture and demonstration


  • None


  • Friday NOVEMBER 2, 2018, 7:30AM- 5:30PM,

  • Saturday NOVEMBER 3, 2018, 7:30AM- 5:30PM

CE Credits:

  • 16 CE credits will be given
  • AGD subject code 180 Occlusion


  • Early Bird Registration (through September 1, 2018) $1,800.00
  • Regular Registration (after September 1, 2018) $2,000.00

Course Director:

  • Jay Harris Levy, DDS

Course Venue:

  • Hotel Vintage Portland
  • 422 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205


  • Catered by il Solito
  • Registration includes breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday


  • A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Vintage at the rate of $209.00/night for November 1st and 2nd.
  • PHONE: 503-893-3014 or 1-800-KIMPTON & Reference “Levy Occlusion Seminars”

Jay Harris Levy, DDS

Course Director Biography:

Dr. Levy received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from New York University where he went on to serve as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care and Applied Practice Administration and Behavioral Sciences. He maintained a private dental practice in New York City for 17 years. He completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neurophysiology at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and received a Certificate of Training in Human Investigations from the School of Medicine at OHSU. Dr. Levy’s sensory-physiology research program explored the mechanosensory mechanisms that underlay mastication. He served on the faculty at OHSU as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Structure and Function, Department of Integrative Biosciences, Department of Prosthodontics and the Department Community Dentistry. He is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker that regularly presents CE courses focusing on the physiology anatomy, biomechanics and treatment of occlusion. Dr. Levy maintains a private dental practice in Portland, Oregon. His dental practice focuses on occlusion, restorative dentistry, TMD and airway disorders.

Levy Occlusion Seminars

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the Academy of General Dentistry Program Approval for Continuing Education (PACE) through the joint program provider approval of Comprehensive Treatment Seminars and Levy Occlusion Seminars. Comprehensive Treatment Seminars is approved for awarding FAGD/MAGD credit
Levy Occlusion Seminars receives no commercial support for this course


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Jay Harris Levy, DDS:

Call: 503.545.7229

Email: jayharrislevy@gmail.com

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