Clinical Occlusion: The Diagnostic Diamond

MasterPath Course 1

Questions? Call 310-868-1838, Text 626-252-2207 or Email for further details.

Refund Policy

Course fees are transferable but NOT refundable.

Institute Location

570 E. Arrow Hwy Unit #B, San Dimas (15 miles west of Ontario Airport).

Daily Schedule

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Lecture & Hands-on Training

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Lecture & Hands-on Training

Continuing Education

SDS designates this activity for 21 Continuing Education Credits.  All of our courses offer both California and ADA/CERP CE Credit.

Stevenson Dental Solutions, Inc. is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.  

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

Course Description

Clinical Occlusion: The Diagnostic Diamond
MasterPath Course 1

The primary focus of this course will be in understanding how to diagnose and treat patients with occlusal issues, and when it’s best to refer to the TMD specialist.  Why are your veneers chipping? Why do some patients have anterior only wear while others have posterior only wear?  How and when do we need to restore VDO?    All of these questions will be addressed with a systematic algorithm which will provide you and your patients with the best approach possible. We use the “Diagnostic Diamond” – a formula-based system to integrate patient data in a clear and organized manner leading to a risked-based sequential treatment plan.  The hands-on portion of the course will take dentists through the steps to take accurate esthetically derived facebow records, the indications for and delivery of deprogrammers, centric relations records, equilibration, bonded prototypes, and occlusal guards.  After this course, dentists will be able to better understand the comprehensive diagnostic process and formulate predictable and affordable treatment plans for their patients with options, and the risks and benefits of each.  This is a practical course geared for general dentists looking to take their dentistry to “the next level” in patient care, with foresight, compassion, ethics and integrity.

Course Instructor

Richard G. Stevenson III, DDS, FAGD, FACD, ABOD
Click HERE for Dr. Stevenson’s CV
NOTE: Dr. Stevenson reports no conflicts of interest with any manufacturers or suppliers that would in any way bias his presentation.  All material presented will be based on the latest science and evidence available to the best of his ability.


  • Occlusal diagnoses: Acceptable vs Unacceptable
  • Data gathering and metrics – legal protection against an Internet savvy world
  • The ultimate and efficient cancer-screening exam
  • Clinical Photography – keeping it super simple
  • Current Periodontal/Endodontic diagnoses – they’ve changed
  • Caries management – non-surgical and surgical
  • New diagnostic modalities – technological advances
  • Understanding structural compromise
  • Formulating the elusive functional diagnosis
  • Esthetic Facebow records that really mean something
  • Easy and repeatable CR records – we can all do this
  • When will MIP work and when it will not?
  • Design in esthetic dentistry – it’s much more than just teeth
  • Esthetic risk factors – staying out of trouble
  • Treating the gummy smile – multidisciplinary approaches
  • Sequential treatment planning – what to always do first to avoid unhappy patients
  • The Prognostic matrix – with treatment and without – let the patient know the difference
  • Restoring OVD – it all begins with one simple truth
  • Equilibration – it’s narrow indications and it’s simple implementation
  • Deprogrammers – they work when you understand them
  • Treating the Emergency Patient – triage, reassurance and practice building
  • Occlusal Guards – let’s keep it simple

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how mastering a comprehensive diagnosis will lead to increased confidence and higher case acceptance through better patient communication
  • Learn how to take an accurate CR record and understand how this simple procedure will facilitate better diagnosis of occlusal problems, more accurate occlusal adjustments and ideally mounted cast
  • Learn when to restore OVD and it is best to leave it alone, and how the esthetic norms will guide your decision making in a predictable manner
  • Learn when cases are just too difficult and are best referred to prosthodontist specialists
  • Learn how synthesize restorative dentistry into a meaningful, risk-based treatment plan which will enable you to create patient appropriate dentistry
  • Learn how to phase the most complex treatment with a simplified approach

Course Fee Includes

  • Handpieces (loaned during course)
  • Hand Instrument Cassette (loaned during course)
  • Continental Breakfasts, snacks and beverages all-day
  • Fresh Delicious Lunches

Course Fee Does NOT Include

  • Webinar Recordings
  • Post-course consultations
  • Loupes
  • Dinner
  • Lodging