Grindcare Training Sessions prove to be a big hit

June 2, 2011 5 comments

I attended a training session on the Grindcare system  for treating clenching and bruxism last week, arranged by Prestige Dental, who have recently been appointed as exclusive UK distributor for the system. We were fortunate enough welcome colleagues from Denmark who have been involved with the research and development along with use of the GrindCare in practice.
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Mike Melkers Occlusion Webinar 25/5/11, 8pm in UK

May 14, 2011 7 comments

Mike Melkers DDS, FAGD

Dr Mike Melkers DDS, FAGD

Miguel (aka Mike Melkers) has kindly agreed to hold one of his very popular Occlusion Tips & Tricks Webinars at a time when when UK delegates can sign in, 8pm in the UK rather than the usual 2am slot that I always miss. Make sure you sign up soon as attendance is limited.

During this brief but informative webinar, Dr Melkers will share a few tips and tricks for practical application of occlusion in the everyday restorative practice.

  • 2nd molar ‘headaches’ and why they happen
  • Lost restorative space on second molars
  • Anterior Open Bites that occur in splint therapy
  • Simple screening protocols that take will save you time & money

 Dr. Melkers’ Nuts & Bolts Occlusion Tips & Tricks 

Booking details below:

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Dates of next POISE course

April 7, 2011 Leave a comment

The next POISE course is on Friday and Saturday 3rd and 4th June 2011, not the Saturday/Sunday as announced recently.

Apologies for any confusion and many thanks to those that pointed out the error.

We still have a few places left and this will be the last time this 2-day laboratory based practical course runs for some time due to the speakers’ other commitments.

POISE: Practical Occlusal Instrumentation, Splints and Equilibration Course

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

SDS Occlusion are pleased to announce a new hands-on course:

The Practical Occlusal Instrumentation, Splints and Equilibration (POISE) Course

Speakers: Roy Higson and Andy Lane

This laboratory based, intensive 2-day course is the ideal introduction to essential occlusal principles and practical skills.

Roy and Andy, as general practitioners who know what works in practice, will pass on dozens of practical tips for how to make your dentistry more predictable, better looking and longer lasting, and make your patients think you are amazing!

Next Course: Friday/Saturday 3rd/4th June 2011 at the Academy of Clinical Excellence, Wakefield

Call us on 01457 821800 to book NOW! Or email:

Cost: £800 + vat – course notes, refreshments and loan of equipment included

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Correlation between a CR:MIP discrepancy and TMD research published

January 24, 2011 6 comments

Well, after all these years, finally some evidence to support the impression that there is a direct link between a CR:MIP (or CR:CO if you prefer!) skid and the symptoms of TMD. Hallelujah!

Significant CR:MIP discrepancies were found in 73% of the TMD group and just 11% of the non-TMD group.

Here’s the abstract:

Acta Odontol Scand. 2010 Nov;68(6):368-76.

Correlation between centric relation:maximum intercuspation discrepancy and temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

He SS, Deng X, Wamalwa P, Chen S.

Department of Orthodontics, West China College of Stomatology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China.


OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between centric relation-maximum intercuspation (CR-MI) discrepancy and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) in pre-treated orthodontic patients.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study involved an experimental group of 107 pre-treated orthodontic patients with signs and symptoms of TMD aged 18-32 years, and a control group of 70 students with no signs and symptoms of TMD aged 20-30 years. The psychological condition of subjects was evaluated using two standard questionnaires, and a clinical examination performed to assess masticatory musculature and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) function, and to establish the presence or absence of TMD. Helkimo indices, the anamnestic dysfunction index (Ai) and the clinical dysfunction index (Di), were determined. Dental casts were mounted on a semi-adjustable articulator in CR using a CR bite record taken by bilateral manipulation and verified by load testing and face bow records. Differences in condylar position between CR and MI in the three planes of space were determined using the condyle position indicator.

RESULTS: A positive CR-MI discrepancy, defined as a discrepancy exceeding 1 mm in the vertical or horizontal planes or 0.5 mm in the transverse plane, was found in 72.9% of the experimental and 11.4% of the control group. Comparison of the groups showed a significant difference (χ² = 22.67, P < 0.001). CR-MI discrepancy was significantly correlated with Di and Ai in all subjects (P < 0.01).

CONCLUSIONS: There was CR-MI discrepancy in most of the pre-treated patients with signs and symptoms of TMD. This discrepancy may be a contributory factor to the development of TMD in these patients.

I look forward to hearing your comments!

Free Online Patient Education Software from CurveED

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Well worth a look, web-based patient education software from CurveED and full content is completely free if you refer 2 other dentists.

New Dates for Introduction to Occlusion Course

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

SDS are pleased to announce that we are now taking bookings the next 2 “Introduction to Occlusion – Part 2” courses. Both weekend courses will be held at the Academy of Clinical Excellence, Wakefield, with a choice of either 12/13th or 19/20th March 2011.

Please download the SDS Mar 2011 flyer (including booking form) for full details of the course contents, pricing, etc.

Since we had a reserve list from the last course that was over-subscribed we would encourage you to book early to avoid disappointment.

SDS Welcomes Konstantin Varga DMD to the team

October 7, 2010 Leave a comment

We are thrilled to be able to welcome Hungarian dentist, Dr Konstantin Varga, to the SDS Occlusion teaching team this weekend on the Advanced Restorative Seminars (ARS) course at Graham Browning’s Merley practice.


Dr Konstantin Varga DMD

Dr Konstantin Varga DMD


Dr Varga has a Master of Medicine (Implantology) qualification from the International Medical College Westfälischen, Wilhelm-Universität Münster Germany and is ‘Academic Expert of Functions and Dysfunctions of the Masticatory Organ’ as well as ‘Academic Expert of Therapies for the Functionally Disturbed Craniofacial and Masticatory Systems’. Dr Varga studied at the Interdisciplinary Dentistry Department of Danube University in Krems, Austria.

Dr Varga’s lecture, entitled “Functional Diagnosis” will concentrate on the importance of proper diagnosis before embarking upon complex treatment. These concepts follow the Sequential Occlusal Concept developed by Prof. Rulolf Slavicek and will be illustrated by three widely differing cases; one with no parafunction, one with parafunction caused by the alignment of the teeth that can be eliminated by correcting these problems and one with inherent parafunctional bruxism habit that dentistry alone cannot control. Clearly, having an understanding of which type of patient we are dealing with will have a major impact on the treatment plan, so this fits in very well with what we teach on SDS Occlusion courses where we emphasis the importance of proper diagnosis and appropriate irreversible treatment to confirm our initial before proceeding to irreversible procedures.

You can find out a lot more about Dr Varga at his web site:

Dr Varga will be appearing, along with other SDS instructors, around the UK in the coming months in a series of 1-day lectures on recent advances in occlusal diagnostic procedures and how these can become part of your everyday dentistry.

Occlusion and Cervical Lesions – great article by Gary Unterbrink

August 3, 2010 2 comments

The latest copy of the online magazine Apex features a great article by Dr Gary Unterbrink (of Lichtenstein) on the aetiology of non-carious cervical lesions, sometimes known as “abfraction” lesions.

As many of you will know, this is a controversial area with many opposing camps, but Gary dissects the evidence and comes up with an elegant explanation, supported by a large number of references.

I’m happy to say this fits in with what we have always taught at SDS, but he puts it across so well I have now decided to make this article required reading for our delegates. Accordingly, I hope to include this article in the 4th module of the Introduction to Occlusion Part 1 distance learning package, so our delegates will see this as part of an understanding of the role of clenching and bruxism in the aetiology of what we like to call “occlusal disease”.

I’ll be interested to know what you think, so please post your comments here.

The excellent Apex ezine is well worth subscribing to HERE

Last 2 places for LonDEC in October

July 27, 2010 1 comment

We’re down to just 2 places now for the Intro 2 course at LonDEC on October 23rd/24th, so if you or any of your colleagues are hoping to attend please don’t wait too long before applying for places.

Glasgow has plenty of places left at present, but with 3,000 flyers about to go out in the next few days you never know how long that situation will last!