Course Descriptions


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MARCH 18, 2022 -  9:00 AM - 4:PM (6 HOURS OF CE CREDIT)



Diagnosis and Treatment of Wear and other Occlusal Problems and
Designing an Occlusion – Where Do I Start? with Gary DeWood, DDS, MS

Diagnosis and Treatment of Wear and other Occlusal Problems
Course Description
: Occlusal risk can be thehidden nemesis that destroys predictability and longevity. In many cases those risks are actually identifiable fromthe history present in the joints, the muscles, the teeth, and the patient’s presenting condition. This programillustrates and discusses recognizing and addressing those risks. 

Designing an Occlusion – Where Do I Start? Course Description:
Designing an occlusion requires a startingreference and a clear visualization of the desired outcome. What teeth contact, when do they contact, and for howlong do they contact? The answers to those questions will depend on the patterns and habits exhibited by eachpatient. This program will discuss the various options and their application.

Learning Objectives:
Diagnosis and Treatment of Wear and other Occlusal Problems attendees will:

  • Understand of when the occlusion is a problem

  • Learn the ability to identify the etiology of the problem

  • Learn how to capture and plan for the patient’s occlusal patterns

  • Learn how to design the therapeutic occlusion to deal with the problem


Designing an Occlusion – Where Do I Start? attendees will:

  • Learn the history of occlusal thought and practice

  • Understand the three reference positions used in dentistry

  • Learn the skill of identifying when each is indicated and when it is not

  • Learn The ability to utilize each of the three references in planning

  • Learn “equilibration” techniques for planning and therapy


Treatment planning sessions will be case-based, small group discussions at geographically diverse locations in the state. All discussions will be moderated. 


April 6, 2022

6:00 - 8:00 PM





Gary DeWood earned his DDS from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1980, completed the University of Florida Facial Pain Center Curriculum from 1992 through 1995, and, in 2004, earned a master of science degree at The University of Toledo College of Medicine. He left full-time private practice in 2003 to serve as clinical director at The Pankey Institute, a position he held until 2008 when he joined Frank Spear in Seattle as the president of Frank’s education company, The Seattle Institute. As a founding member of Spear Education, formed by the merger of The Scottsdale Center and The Seattle Institute, he relocated to Arizona in 2009 as executive vice president for curriculum and clinical education. Today he serves as executive vice president for Spear Education. He maintains a limited private practice on the Spear campus and teaches for a variety of Spear platforms, He has presented to international audiences in the areas of occlusion, temporo-mandibular disorders, bite splint therapy, restorative dentistry, esthetics, financial management, and practice management. Disclosures: Spear Education

DANB® Radiation Health and Safety Exam (RHS®)

Preparation Course

Friday March 18, 2022 8:30 am to 5:30 pm with a 1 hour lunch.
Northern Maine Community College, Presque Isle


The purpose of this course is to prepare dental auxiliaries for the DANB®
Radiation Health and Safety Exam® as a pathway to applying to the Maine Board of Dental Practice for Dental Radiographer licensure. This course will be lecture-based* and will primarily focus on the four content areas of the exam to include: patient assessment and preparation for radiographs; safety management of radiography equipment and radiography regulations; policies, practice and procedures to ensure patient and operator safety; and infection control procedures related to patient care, particularly dental radiography. Additionally, participants will be provided with guidance for applying to take the exam, study resources, and the process for applying to the State of Maine to obtain licensure upon successful exam completion.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.  The Maine Dental Association designates these activities for one to six continuing education credits. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at

The Maine Dental Association 
is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider


Accepted Program Provider

FAGD / MAGD Credit

05/01/2018 to 06/30/2021