Eliminating Occlusion Confusion: Step-by-Step Systems with Dr. Joseph Gaudio (Hands-On)


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Presenter: Joseph Gaudio, DDS
Date: Friday, June 16, 2023
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: 1060 Main Street, Suite 201, River Edge, NJ 07661
CE Credits: 7
AGD Code: 180
Subject: Occlusion
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*Boxed Lunch Included

Course Description:

This course provides a systematic approach to identifying and treatment planning the patient with obvious signs of wear and tear.

At the conclusion of this course, attendees will have the skills to be able to identify the steps involved to develop a blueprint for success in the final restorations.

HANDS-ON Portion: 

  • In pairs, attendees will work on Finding Centric Relation. Classic bi-manual manipulation to ‘guide’ the joints into CR is an art form that may be frustrating at first. There are different approaches to confirming CR using anything from a leaf gauge to a Lucia jig can be employed. By actually experiencing what it should feel like allows you to execute more effectively on someone else
  • TMJ Orthopedic Exam. Working together, attendees will be taught to evaluate the condition of the joints. Examples of cases showing issues will be shown and evaluated to discuss treatment needs.
  • Muscles. Using a guide, attendees will address muscles sequentially. They will also identify sore/tender muscles versus trigger points that may be referring to pain in other areas.
  • ROM. Know when limited or abnormal range of motion signifies problems that need to be addressed first. Dr. Gaudio will demonstrate ROM and provide the steps necessary for a comprehensive exam.
  • Face bow. The ability to reproduce the masticatory system three dimensionally allows us to minimize adjustments in the mouth and planning of a proper occlusal scheme. The facebow gives us a spatial orientation that allows for proper mounting of models on a semi-adjustable articulator.  Attendees will work in groups using a FACEBOW.
  • Bite Registration. Crucial to the facebow transfer is the bite registration that allows for reproduction of the centric relation position. Bite registrations will be captured in both impression material and a blue wax.
  • The use of digital technology to verify and enhance predictability. How to confirm the most physiologic joint position and pre-prosthetic movement of teeth orthodontically can optimally "set up" a case and help to improve overall physiology and health. Digital technology includes the intraoral digital scans, orthodontic software and T-Scan to evaluate forces and dial in equilibration of the dentition. There will be a demo of the T-Scan technology.

About the Speaker

Joseph Gaudio, DDS

Gaudio Headshot

Joe Gaudio, DDS has been in practice for over 30 years. He graduated from Columbia University SDOS in 1984 and received the prestigious Rowe Weinberg Award for Excellence in Prosthodontics. He completed a one-year General Practice Residency program in 1985 at Englewood Hospital Association. Dr. Gaudio has been an Assistant Clinical Professor (ACP) with the Prosthodontic Department at Columbia University from 1985 to 1990 and returned as an (ACP) with the Operative Department in 2010 through 2022 . He opened his dental practice in Chester, NJ in 1987 and feels his calling in life is to change other peoples’ lives through practicing and teaching dentistry. He is a current member in good standing of the ADA, the New Jersey Dental Association and Tri-County Dental Association.


Dr. Gaudio has completed over 2,000 hours of CE, including Dawson Academy Core Curriculum, the Aesthetic Advantage Program at NYU, and the Esthetic Continuum at Columbia University. He was Invisalign certified and then went on to complete a two-year program in Orthodontics for GP’s with the IAO New England Chapter. In 2014, Dr. Gaudio was appointed an attending dentist at Morristown Memorial Hospital General Dental Residency Program where he has become a member of the Orofacial Pain Committee. Dr. Gaudio is currently a Teaching Faculty Member at Dawson Academy, St. Petersburg, FL, where his focus is now on Advanced TMD and Airway and Integrative Dental Medicine alongside Dr Witt Wilkerson. He has been working with Dr Barry Raphael since January of 2021 as an associate in Integrative Orthodontics and collaborating with multidisciplinary therapists with an aim towards orthotropic and early intervention for proper growth leading to optimal structure, function and behavior. His desire is to continue life long learning and sharing with younger generations of dentists.


"Super good tips on diagnosing occlusal related issues and solution - case presentations were excellent. "Great speaker, very passionate about dentistry. Great content and great sponsors."  

-Dr. Ashumi Dave, River Edge, NJ

"Great TMJ information."

-Dr. Stacey Barkauskas, Montoursville, PA

"Very informative."

-Dr. Maria Gonzalez, Clark, NJ


Dentist $985

Early Registration $685 Valid Thru March 31, 2023



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October 28, 2022, June 16, 2023


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