Hiller Aviation Museum
601 Skyway Rd
San Carlos, CA 94070

Occlusion in 2024

Gary M. DeWood, DDS, MS

3 CE Unit (Core)


Today’s restorative dentist must be a diagnostician not only of the masticatory system but also of the systems that impact it.  Whether or not the dentist chooses to be involved in the treatment of airway and breathing problems, parafunctional activities or temporo-mandibular disorders, they must recognize the effect of these on the restorative dentistry that is recommended and completed. This program will assist the clinician in a deeper understanding of the involvement of the problems noted above and the part that occlusion (and occluding) might play in achieving a predictable and long-lasting restorative result.

• Know why AIRWAY is a dental problem
• Make the connection between TMD and Occlusion
• Visualize designing occlusion and occluding in harmony with the patient


Gary M. DeWood, DDS, MS lives in Cave Creek, Arizona with his wife of 45 years, Dr. Cheryl DeWood. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Gary earned his D.D.S. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1980, attended the University of Florida Facial Pain Center Curriculum from 1992 through 1995, and in 2004 earned a Master of Science degree at The University of Toledo College of Medicine.  He left full-time private practice in 2003 to serve as clinical director at The Pankey Institute, a position he held until 2008 when he joined Frank Spear in Seattle as the president of The Seattle Institute. As a founding member of Spear Education, formed by the merger of The Scottsdale Center and The Seattle Institute, he relocated to Arizona in 2009 as Executive Vice-President for curriculum and clinical education.  Today he serves as Executive Vice-President of Spear Education.  He maintains a limited private practice on the Spear campus, teaches in Spear workshops, Spear Online, Spear Study Clubs, and in Spear Practice Solutions.

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