About The Event

If you are a one tooth dentist looking to be a two tooth dentist…if you are a few teeth dentist and want to be a quadrant dentist…if you are a quadrant, arch or already doing full mouth rehabilitations-our goal is to help make you a better dentist tomorrow.

This intense 2-day Occlusion Program is THE Occlusion event of Europe in 2020.


Online Platform – Live and interactive from your room/office


Friday and Saturday
November 27 to 28, 2020

Occlusion & Case Planning for Everyday Practice

Communication - Case Planning - Occlusion

Occlusion. It can be one of the driest & most confusing of subjects. It is however one of the most, if not THE most critical aspect of diagnosis and treatment planning when it comes to the longevity of the restorative dentistry that we provide for our patients.

THIS program has been described as THE program that NEEDS to be in between the slides of every OTHER program on treatment planning. NO glossing over the details. You won’t just hear that something needs to be done. You will understand why and how it needs to be applied to help make your restorations last-or understand why they failed.

During this interactive lecture, Dr. Michael Melkers will guide an exploration and discussion of where we have been as a profession, where we are in our understanding and what mysteries still need to be solved.

Learning Objectives

1 – Upon completion, the participant shall be able to appreciate purpose vs process treatment planning as it applies to outcome based treatment planning

2 – The participant will have a thorough understanding of the benefits of patient centered, doctor facilitated approach to case planning and acceptance.

3-Learn when, why & how phasing treatment can be done safely.

4-Learn to recognize critical parafunctional red flags and why they matter

5-Appreciate the balance between function, parafunction & aesthetics

6-Learn realistic management of destructive forces in restorative dentistry

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I have gotten more hugs from patients than I ever expected. they are amazed at how much better they feel every day. Your class has given my patients the chance to experience how good they should feel every morning. I just wanted to let you know how much your class and teaching style has helped me and my practice.

Dr David Gadioli, Shelby Charter Township, MI
I came with four cases in my bag. With each of them I was stuck. I could not wait to show them. And after the course I was perfectly fine taking them back with me without even unpacking. And it is not because I suddenly know what I am doing now and confident in it. It's just because I have found the next logical step to take. Of course talking with Michael through it gave me even more directions and cleared possible obstacles on the way. It has bee few weeks after a course. How often do we attend courses that we forget about in a week? My practice has changed a lot. Starting with greeting the patient and continuing with getting new tools and communicating to the lab. It was the kind of course that changes your direction and makes it impossible to stay ignorant. I can not wait to see where it will lead me and I will try my best to share changes that I have made with others.

Alina Ruzanova, Tallinn, Estonia
Hi Michael, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for a fantastic 2 days in Sydney. What a wonderful course. You have really opened my eyes to a topic that I thought was daunting beyond me. Simplified and made practical to everyday dentistry, I can see myself looking at my patients and their teeth with fresh perspective on Monday. I hope you’re trip back to the US is smooth. Thanks again!

Charlotte Wotherspoon/Mayrand, (from the Hunter valley)
Thank you Mike. The lecture was easily the best CPD I've done this year.

Khachornwut Supasiti, Melton, VIC Australia
As somebody, unkown to me, said: ”successful people are very generous with their time and knowledge”. THANK YOU for being so very generous! And being very professional and non judgemental. Looks like you have made everybody comfortable and happy. It has been a great fun getting know you and others.

Dr. Maria McFarland, New Zealand
Dear Michael. Thanks for an excellent course last weekend in Aarhus. Everyone I have talked to agrees that you are a talented and lovely unpretentious speaker. And the professional content lived up to expectations and beyond. Nice to have you visiting and hope we meet again in the future. Sincerely, Søren

Mike is truly one of the most helpful, genuine, compassionate educators that I have ever known. Seriously I don’t know another person that wants to help their peers anymore than he does.

Dr. Matt McMasters, Athens, Alabama
I cannot think of anyone that has had a greater impact on me-clinically, professionally…for my patients. No one.

Dr. Paul Ferraioli, Mendham, NJ
Michael puts his heart into every course, and it always shows.

Dr Andrew Thorpe Mackay, Queensland, Australia
Three years ago, I didn't understand much about the anterior guidance/ anterior group function. After last week with you, I understand why we should aim to have canine guidance with an anterior cross over/ anterior group function. In fact, one of my patient debonded his 10 years old veneer on his upper left central last saturday, and he only contact at the 21 during lateral excursion. I wouldn't know how to help him manage his occlusal force if it wasn't for your explanation. The emphasis on efficiency of the use of leaf gauge, treatment planning, bimanual jaw manipulation really make these technique more achievable in the daily dental practise. The lab made DAASA splint reduces all the time of NTI reline ( eventhough NTI reline is a skill too), allow time to be spent in the clinic learning most useful skills. Having said that the lab appliances is really comfortable, we make our own DAASA splint in house using the method Lincoln taught me before. I have been using the communication technique that I have learned from Lincoln and your course. During the current course, you have demonstrate a good way of including informed consent and mentioned the risk and complication in a non repelling way. All in all, thank you for your generosity and genuine passion in teaching.

Sarah Ooi

Keynote Speaker

Dr Melkers Bio

Dr. Melkers is a 1994 graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry & currently serves as Visiting Faculty at Rīga Stradiņš University & The Pankey Institute. He is also an Ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.

In the past he has been Director of Occlusion & Aesthetic Dentistry at the Pacific Northwest AEGD Residency Program and Visiting Faculty at The Spear Institute. He just finished his tenure as Editor for American Equilibration Society and received the 2018 AES President’s Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Melkers is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, has his Fellowship in the International Congress fo Oral Implantologists & maintains a private clinical practice in Hanover, NH with a focus on comprehensive adult restorative care.

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The most anticipated Occlusion event of 2020 from an internationally acclaimed speaker

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should come to this event?

This course is for both young dentist (DF1, DCT and beyond) as well as established dentists. We actually encourage Prosthodontic specialist trainees and restorative specialist trainees (and also UK Restorative consultants) to come to this program to broaden their horizon and learn about important occlusal philosophies from someone who has a diverse background in Occlusion.

Dear Hospital trainees, if you have never made an anterior midstop appliance, perhaps you should come to this event to learn more and diversifying your knowledge of Occlusion. There is no point being stuck in a ‘hospital-mindset’…no offence! – Jaz Gulati of Prostrusive Dental Podcast

Dr Melker’s program is world-renowned and has so many practical gems for both for occlusion and for communication. After all, if you can do quadrant dentistry or partial/full mouth rehabilitations but do not know how to communicate effectively with correct phasing and pricing, there is little point.

As well as the learning objectives you will also learn about:

– Splint therapy including orthotic devices

– Facebows and articulators – and why you do not always need one. But if you do, how to maximise accuracy

– Joint positions (you will love his memorable explanation for this)

– Managing the worn dentition

– Force management in occlusion design

– Treatment phasing

– Simplifying complex cases

There will be LOTS of cases discussed. The aim is for you to walk away with a new-found enthusiasm for occlusion and more confidence in treating cases that you may consider out of your comfort zone in your personal educational journey.

If you are a ‘Spear Dentist’, ‘Dawson Dentist’, ‘Pankey’, ‘Kois’ or ‘Neuromuscular’ – you will gain from this 2 day program. Dr Melkers has been Visiting Faculty at both Spear Education and The Pankey Instititute.

…and if you do not have an Occlusal Philosophy yet – you will leave with one after this program.

Why is the price so reasonable for a 2-day full course with a leading international lecturer on a topic of Occlusion?

Occlusion courses are notoriously large investments, but they are the key to moving away from single tooth dentistry and enjoying yourself.

With the calibre of speaker that Michael Melker’s is, the aim is to deliver THE most engaging, helpful and inspiring Occlusion course in Europe and make it accessible to all young dentists.

I paid quadruple for this 2-day program in 2018 and it paid for itself multiple times over – I wanted to help host an event at a phenomenal value on my favourite topic by the speaker who has inspired me the most – Jaz Gulati of Protrusive Dental Podcast, Occlusion enthusiast and host for Occlusion 2020

Why did the event move to virtual

Due to Covid-19, we were forced to turn this in to a virtual event. If you know anything about Michael Melkers, you know that he will make you feel as though you were there with him, shoulder-to-shoulder.

What will the timings be?

At the time of writing this, the event will start at 12pm NOON until 8pm UK time (GMT).

How many hours of verifiable CPD will I get?

The program will be 12 hours CPD/CE and you be issued your certificate at the event.

Is my ticket refundable?

Your ticket is non-refundable. However, we understand that sometimes it is not possible to attend an event due to unforeseen life circumstances. Therefore it is up to the delegate to sell his or her ticket to another delegate so that they may take their place. It is a requirement to inform organisers by email (seeitclearly@occlusion2020.com) 72 hours in advance so that the correct CPD certificate can be arranged.

Will I be able to watch a replay of the live online event?

You will get a 1 month opportunity to replay the 2-day online course.

Will I still be able to ask questions?

You bet! We want to make this very interactive and scratch every occlusion itch you have!

What online platform will be used to deliver the training?

You will get an email link with your invitation. The exact platform is to be concerned – we want the best live teaching platform there is.

How can I buy a ticket?

Scroll up and click on ‘Buy Tickets’. We are using TicketTailor as our official ticketing partner. This way, we can accept all major credit and debit cards. If you would like to pay via Bank Transfer, please email seeitclearly@occlusion2020.com for advice.

Should I do any prior reading before coming to Occlusion2020?

This event will take you on a journey from the fundamentals to more complex in a very engaging manner. You can take notes at the venue, but we do not think there is much benefit of reading before-hand. Just come with an open mind and as an enthusiastic student. There will be note-pads and pens provided as well as drinking water to stay hydrated to get you through the fun, but intense days.

Will Dr Melker’s be dressed as Jedi Mercury again?

I cannot confirm, nor deny any fancy dress! 😉

For any additional queries, do not hesitate to contact Jaz Gulati via seeitclearly@occlusion2020.com

Interactive 2-day Program

During this interactive lecture, Dr. Michael Melkers will guide an exploration and discussion of where we have been as a profession, where we are in our understanding and what mysteries still need to be solved.

-Dots & lines-understanding the basic components and rationale for occlusal design, from one tooth to full mouth application
-Joint position..when is it important and when does it not really matter
-Occlusion you can use…that doesn’t need to confuse you
-Why are your restorations breaking and what can you do about it -Bite splints, occlusal guards…what, why and how
-Occlusal design in case planning and application
-Custom incisal guide table
-Moving the information to your technician & keeping the details straight
-Cases, cases…and more case so you can see actual application

Contact Organisers

For any queries not answered in the FAQ, please email seeitclearly@occlusion2020.com

See It Clearly

2020 Clarity

The program will be a journey in and out of the confusion that we have believed and applied as a profession-what worked, what didn’t and why. The fundamentals and theory of occlusion will be discussed but also supported with real world applications and case examples.