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Treatment Planning Through the Eyes of Occlusion
September 21 @ 6:30 pm
Course Description: From composite fillings to single crowns to multiple unit bridges to implant restorations, achieving predictable high-end restorative practice can be challenging for any dental practitioners. For cosmetic cases, full mouth reconstructions, partial/full dentures and implant restorations, proper planning of the particular patients’ occlusion is most critical for the successful outcome of the cases.
Thinking outside of the box, critical aspects of occlusion such as posterior support, phonetic testing for closest speaking space and various types of occlusal interferences will be reviewed for planning and execution of various treatment planning process.
Course Objective: At the completion of this course;
Participants will be able to identify importance of posterior support,
Participants will be able to utilize phonetic testing for evaluation of closest speaking space,
Participants will be able to recognize various occlusal discrepancies that negatively impact patients’ occlusal stability.
Speaker Bio: Dr. Thomas K. Lee grew up in the Chicago area and received his BA from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, followed by his DDS from the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry in Chicago, IL. He completed his Hospital Dentistry Residency training in Fresno, CA, at the University Medical Center. He practiced as a general dentist in Sacramento, CA, for a year before furthering his training at the UCLA School of Dentistry in Advanced Prosthodontics.
Upon finishing his prosthodontics training, Dr. Lee was appointed as the director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD), a post-DDS ADA accredited residency at UCLA. Dr. Lee worked as a full-time faculty at UCLA from 1995-2001, growing the program from 2 residents to 14 residents per year. Although Dr. Lee left full-time academia in 2001 to pursue full-time private practice, he was re-appointed to be the Director of AEGD program at the UCLA in 2005, the same program he had directed before. Dr. Lee directed the highly acclaimed program, engaged in many research projects and maintained his private practice on part-time basis until December 2011, when he decided to primarily focus on his clinical private practice and resigned from the AEGD directorship at UCLA.
While he maintained teaching at UCLA one day a week as he focused on patients in his full time private practice in Westwood, CA, he could not resist the call of the academia in 2020 and is now back in UCLA again as the director of AEGD programs, Restorative ACT program and the Venice Dental Center.
Recognized by many of his peers as an expert in complex full mouth reconstructions and occlusion, Dr. Lee most cherishes opportunities to get to know each of his patients on individual basis and seeing improvements in their lives. Dr. Lee has been leading study clubs in Southern California for several years, and has served as an expert to the California Dental Association and numerous legal firms for various topics in Dentistry