Exploring occlusal function with the BACD – Dr John Kois

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  Posted by: Dental Design      3rd May 2018

 The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) is excited to welcome delegates back to its celebrated Annual Conference in November. Now in its fifteenth year, the BACD Annual Conference has become distinguished as one of the most highly-anticipated events of the dental calendar. Focusing on “The Functional Smile: Start With Why”, this year’s Conference promises to be as exciting as ever, bringing together delegates from all across the country for three full days of some of the most exceptional educational opportunities dentistry has to offer.

Providing a comprehensive schedule of exclusive lectures, inspiring presentations and captivating hands-on sessions, the event will engage delegates with leading experts from the dental profession. In fact, the BACD is proud to welcome Dr John Kois to this year’s dynamic line-up of some of the world’s most prominent speakers.

Dr Kois received his DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. He has also been awarded the Certificate in Periodontal Prosthodontics with an MSD (Master of Science in Dentistry) degree from the University of Washington, School of Dentistry. He maintains private practices limited to prosthodontics in Tacoma and Seattle. As well as being an affiliate professor in the Graduate Restorative Programme at the University of Washington, Dr Kois is the founder and director of the Kois Centre – a didactic and clinical teaching programme.

The centre was established in 1995 to, as Dr Kois puts it, “enable motivated dentists to achieve extraordinary levels, expanding knowledge and application skills in restorative dentistry”. The Kois Centre has grown to become one of the world’s most prestigious institutions, dedicated to the continued education of dental practitioners.

Following years of hard work, Dr Kois still leads an undeniably busy life, but retains a passion for teaching and helping dentists to succeed in practice. He strives to deliver innovative and inspirational lectures both in the US and abroad. There can be no doubt that he will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge with him to the BACD Annual Conference this year, where he will present his lecture entitled, “Functional Occlusion: Current Challenges”.


Speaking about the upcoming session, Dr Kois says, “Occlusion and occlusal function has always proved to be a challenging subject in the dental profession. This is because we, as practitioners, have learned how to avoid problems by ensuring single unit crowns ‘do not touch too much’, which is a risk management solution that works. However, this solution is not a concept that works occlusally in more involved cases, because the requirement is that teeth need to touch ‘just right’. In reality, this is actually more difficult to achieve.”

Dr Kois believes that understanding the role occlusion plays is important for the long-term success of restorative dentistry. He says, “Our knowledge about occlusion has been based on gnathologic principles. These concepts are the basis of a mechanical system with focus on posterior determinants and mutual protection. If it is that simple, why can’t we predict when or why occlusal pathology develops and why can’t we always create a therapeutic occlusion?”

To answer these questions, Dr Kois’ lecture will focus on biologic principles necessary for developing a functional occlusion. He will present new paradigms to enlighten delegates on understanding occlusal dysfunction. This focus will develop principles for force management of the masticatory systems and parameters to determine the most appropriate occlusal scheme. Practitioners will be able to predict more successful restorative results and know when complex treatment is not necessary.

“My lecture at the BACD Annual Conference will build a concept of occlusion, based on available science, which will close the gap between ‘laboratory generated occlusion’ and ‘operatory required therapeutic occlusion’,” Dr Kois says. “If delegates take away one thing from my session, I hope that it is the importance of pathway versus guidance. Delegates will not go back to practice on Monday morning as the same dentist.”

Embodying “The Functional Smile” focus of this year’s Annual Conference, Dr Kois will provide dental professionals with an inspiring insight into occlusion.

As well as providing delegates the opportunity to explore an eclectic trade show, the BACD Annual Conference will be a stage from which delegates will be able to network with some of the leading lights from the dental profession, while also enjoying the chance to socialise with friends and colleagues.

“As an organisation, the BACD has great vision and equally brilliant members supporting that vision,” Dr Kois says. “The Academy is always trying to help practitioners improve the delivery of oral health care, and I’m delighted to be part of its 2018 Annual Conference.”


It may still be months away but, as always, the BACD Annual Conference is already shaping up to be one of the most exciting events of the year. Booking is now open so be sure to save your space today!


The BACD Fifteenth Annual Conference 2018

‘The Functional Smile: Start With Why…’

8th – 10th November 2018

Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Kensington, London


For further enquiries about the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry visit www.bacd.com

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