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Name: CRANIO: The Journal of Craniomandibular Practice Publisher: Chroma, Inc. Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Science and technology Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 Chroma, Inc. ISSN: 0886-9634
Date: Jan, 2012 Source Volume: 30 Source Issue: 1

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May 3-5, 2012

Milwaukee Wisconsin

90 Min Live Patient Exam, Treatment Planning and Patient Presentation:

Real world examples of how each of these leaders in dentistry apply their biometric diagnostic aids every day in their practice! Each clinician has been selected because he is willing to meet a completely new patient LIVE on stage, review their history, BioPAK, and perform his own clinical exam. He will then reach his diagnosis, and discuss treatment options with the patient.

Each clinician will see a completely new patient with different chief complaints. This is an opportunity for you to see the BioPAK used in an NM practice, a CR practice, a Pain Practice and a Restorative practice all in one meeting! Nothing will be scripted or rehearsed.


Dr. Dennis Marangos


As a founding member and past president of the Canadian Chapter of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Dr. Marangos has created a practice where he performs general restorative dentistry 4 days a week and limits his Wednesdays to the diagnosis and treatment of TMD and craniofacial pain. His TMD practice often refers treated patients to his restorative practice, but due to a clear and comprehensive exam, his restorative practice also refers to his TMD practice as well. He will kick off this new and exciting live program with his comprehensive craniofacial exam, diagnosis and treatment plan.

Dr. Michael Melkers


Dr. Melkers is a 1994 graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry. He and his wile, Dr. Jeanine McDonald practice general dentistry in Spokane, Washington with an emphasis on comprehensive and restorative care. Dr. Melkers balances his time between private practice, teaching research and publishing.

Dr. Melkers has presented and been published around the world on occlusion topics, communication and restorative dentistry applicable to the every day and some day practice.

Dr. Melkers is the founder of the Nuts & Bolts Occlusion programs and is Past Director of Occlusion & Aesthetic Dentistry at the Pacific Northwest AEGD Residency Program. Dr. Melkers is a mentor for The Pankey Institute & is Visiting Faculty at The Spear Institute. Dr. Melkers enjoys sharing real world challenges as well as solutions in his interactive learning experiences.


Dr. John Nosti & Dr. Michael Smith


(CR vs. NM clinical exam and work up) Dr. John Nosti has pursued an extensive post graduate education in Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, Occlusion, Cosmetics, and full mouth rehabilitation while completing over 1500 hours of continuing education, including the Dawson Academy, Piper Center, and Hornbrook Group continuums. His private practices are dedicated to functional cosmetics, complete dentistry, and TMD, while providing outstanding patient services. Dr. Nosti has been published in the Journal of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and lectures for the Gold Dust Clinical Mastery Series in the area of Occlusion and Full Mouth Rehabilitation, through mentoring and live-patient training. His ability to motivate and his passion for dentistry makes him one of the exciting new speakers in dentistry today.


Dr. Mike Smith graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and pursued extensive post graduate education in dental rehabilitation in the field of occlusion, full mouth rehabilitation, TMJ disorders, sleep apnea and conscious sedation. His private practice in Phoenix, Arizona is dedicated to aesthetic, contemporary restorative and cosmetic rehabilitation. Dr. Smith instructs other dentists nationally and internationally as a lecturer and mentor for companies involved in advanced dental treatment and diagnosis in TMD, full mouth reconstruction, and implants. He is actively involved in numerous organizations and associations dedicated to the pursuit of providing patients with extraordinary care.

Dr. Jim Beck


Dr. Jim Beck treats patients with chronic upper quarter pain patterns. The pain model developed by Ur. Beck is centered upon the initial decision as to whether the patient has a primary intracapsular or extracapsular disorder. Joint Vibration Analysis, Electrognathography, and Electromyography are all used in combination with the comprehensive history, the clinical examination, and joint and cervical radiographs to make that very essential determination. Information gained from the BioPAK is also essential in monitoring patient's progress and providing us with outcome-based objective data. Cases are ultimately finished with computerized occlusal diagnosis and treatment modalities (T-Scan).






The Diagnostically Driven TMD/Sleep Practice

Dr. Shirazi runs the TMJ and Sleep Therapy Centre of Conejo Valley, CA, that is limited to the treatment of TMD, craniofacial pain, sleep Breathing disorders, and craniomandibular orthopedics & orthodontics utilizing electrodiagnostics and 3D imaging to quantify before and after results. His practice is part of the TMU and Sleep Therapy Centre international family, one of 16 throughout the world, and is located in the Beautiful hills of Thousand Oaks, CA. He will show you haw he runs a practice limited to TMD & Sleep using modalities to quantify different types of disc displacements, to treat the TMD patient and evaluate the final occlusion. He will also cover his treatment efficacy in comparison to hospital devices.

Laser Therapy for Pain, Inflammation and Healing

As the Founder and President of ASA Laser in Arcugnana, Italy, Lucia Zaghetto has over 35 years of experience in using laser energy to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and promote the healing process. His life's work and research has resulted in the MLS (Multi-wave Locked System) line of lasers for just this purpose. Mr. Zaghetto will cover the science of MLS as well as haw the dental practitioner can use laser technology in their everyday practice.

Orthodontic case finishing in the 21 st Century.

Just like a full mouth reconstruction, every orthodontic case has the capacity to change the vertical, lateral, and A/P relationship of the maxilla to the mandible, as well as creating a completely new occlusion. Dr. Puksa will teach you haw to take an approach that combines esthetic concerns, with TMJ health and occlusal stability in finalizing an orthodontic case. You will learn how to make sure the teeth, muscles and joints are ready to support the orthodontic changes you or your orthodontist have made.

Getting 110% out of your EMG

Tim Adams, DDS Masticatary Muscle function and its effect on Cranial Bones Surface Electromyography is a very valuable tool and can help show us where the patient has been and where they are going. Resting EMG's can show us a lot about how the mandible is posturing. We will go over considerations for diagnosis and treatment of hyperactive muscle groups. When and how to treat will Be discussed. Dr. Tim Adams is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Dentistry, where he taught Clinical Dentistry far five years. He went on to Become a clinical instructor at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) from 1997 to 2002 and then a clinical director from 2002 to 2005.







The Innovative Smile: for Implants & Restorative Success

Dr. Patel's "Innovative Smile" concept includes the beauty of a healthy smile and functional stability of the teeth and dental implants, gums, TMJ's and the muscles that support and provide function to a healthy mouth. It is fast becoming the leader in the integration of technology in the Stomatognathic System--from digital diagnostics to digital restorations. His mastery in applied technology to accurately diagnose patients, positions him in the narrow yet privileged percentage of doctors one step ahead of the future of implant dentistry. Dr. Patel's knowledge, energy and passion for elevating the standard for biometric dentistry engineered to individual patient physiology is now in high demand.

Understanding the Piper Disk Classification with JVA & MRI

Utilizing the Piper Disc Classification, representative JVAs will be shown of each Piper stage. The corresponding MRI will also be reviewed, along with the clinical implications. You will learn the functional anatomy of the TMJ, the Piper Disc Classification System, how to read MRI scans, and how to obtain improved diagnostic quality JVA recordings. He will go further to discuss the clinical implications of restorative treatment of patients who have a certain staging but are stable, vs. patients that have the same stage TMJ but are getting worse.

Hands on Anatomy Workshop

Ed Bersu has Been teaching gross human anatomy to medical students and physical and occupational therapy students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, since 1972. He also completed in Ph.D. at UW-Madison in the Anatomy Department. His early research efforts focused on an anatomical analysis of human malformation syndromes. This will be a hands on anatomy workshop with human cadavers. Advanced registration is recommended as this course fills up fast!

The M-Scan: Why you want every dentist in your town to have one

Dr. Paul Mitsch is one of the most influential clinicians in North America when it comes to promoting the use and development of biometrics in general dentistry. He is the Product Development Director for BioRESEARCH's latest biometric the M-Scan. This simple but powerful device is useful in every practice and will help the clinician that has more advanced diagnostics such as BioEMG and Jaw Tracking develop a pipeline of referrals while improving the quality of care in every practice in their town!

Full System BioPAK Workup (JVA, EMG, Jaw Tracker, T-Scan)

Even with a Diplomat from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Dr. Wiggins relies on her BioPAK each and every day of her practice. She has developed a system for fast, accurate and reliable data collection that is staff delegated and based upon the patient's signs, symptoms and chief complaint. Learn how you and your team can maximize the impact and efficiency of your JVA, EMG, Jaw Tracking and T-Scan. Dr. Wiggins has been instrumental in the development of the new BioRESEARCH Certification Program for JVA, EMG and Jaw Tracking.

The Road to Success

The Road to Success is Dr. Chris Stevens' acclaimed program of professional development courses. He covers Advanced Restorative Procedures, Computerized Occlusal Management, and Smart Occlusion. Dr. Stevens has lectured on the role of biometrics in TMD and restorative dentistry for over 21 years and is recognized as one of the leading authorities on incorporating the concepts of "NM" dentistry into a successful general dental practice. His knowledge and delivery made him a mentor to hundreds of clinicians over the years.
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