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ABOUT OCCLUSION CONNECTIONS™
Occlusion Connections (OC) is an advanced teaching center upholding neuromuscular and gnathic principles at their highest levels. GNM is a blended advanced approach implementing both the G (gnathic) + NM (neuromuscular) principles in dentistry.
- Occlusion Connections promotes research, education and service to the dental profession and public.
- It acknowledges the value and science of physiologic dentistry.
- It encourages dentists world wide to apply the neuromuscular principles in every day clinical practice.
- It focuses on the goodness and well-being of people.
- It respects a quality of life that upholds a healthy perspective towards business, government, education and family.
- It focuses on giving back in service and to those in need.
- This group represents the highest level of dental care providers who have advanced training, skill, judgment and experience in helping those in desperate need.
- Occlusion Connections espouses a complete and balanced perspective of both neuromuscular and gnathologic principles.
OC offers advanced post graduate dental training based on gnathic and neuromuscular principles for dentist, technicans and team members.
A safe open atmosphere for learning has been created for dentists and team to reach their full potential professionally and individually amongst their peers. Growth and development is a proven and validated process for freedom and maturing within a healthy environment for learning, discovery, support and guidance.
Three main disciplines are emphasized in OC’s GNM training:
- TMD – Understanding the physiologic principles of occlusion and diagnosis is key to successful dentistry. Physiologic health and stability of any occlusion is foundational to advanced dentistry.
- Restorative/Prosthetics – Comprehending what is needed to stabilize and treatment plan cases that involve cervical dysfunction, TMJ primary problems, Class II division 2 and anterior open bites prior to preparing teeth.
- Orthodontic/Orthopedics – 3 Levels of orthodontics courses are offered with a foundation in growth and development, removable and fixed appliances as well as verticalization mechanics to transition from an orthotic to natural dentition effectively.
Dentists in North America and abroad choose to come to OC to understand, gain skills and knowledge about dentistry/occlusion and how it really works.
OC is based on developing relationships to build confidence within each clinician/dentist to be a leader within the dental profession.
Clinical View Point:
We teach at OC that bite/occlusion is a dominating factor that dictates overall posture and strength. Forward head posture is a result of the proprieceptive signalling of a posteriorized (Class II, Class II div 2, retrognathic) mandible. Cervical neck accommodations will ensue, resulting in occipital tension and shoulder and upper trapezius pains. While some clinicians believe that aligning the neck and rest of the body first…. they all admit that the alignment of the cervical bones, and spine will not hold stable unless a good optimized bite is present to change the proprioceptive occlusal signaling responses between the upper and lower jaws which act as a feedback mechanism to maintain any corrective alignments to the upper cervical, pelvis (sacrum/iliac), tibia and feet.
It is clear from my experience and dental practice that when mandible is posterior to an optimized myo-trajectory (a posterior closure pattern) the pelvis tips forward, knees roll inward, feet pronate (flat feet). A good optimized bite/occlusion is known to positively affect all those factors with all my TMD patients I see, even if they presented with expensive corrective insoles.
The dominance of the trigeminal nerve system (V) which is in charge of the greater part of the masticatory mechanism does in fact influence distant parts of the body.
These are the principles and focus OC instills while emphasizing to our members their need to perfect their skills, abilities and advance their application in GNM.
“It is not how much you know, but how one applies these concepts and does it – that is what counts.”
- What is Gneuromuscular (GNM) Dentistry
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- OC Dental Education – The GNM Way
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- OC Ode: Prayer for the GNM Operator
- OC EXPERIENCE – A Gathering of Clinicians of Like-mind