Introduction to GNM Micro Occlusion by Clayton A. Chan, DDS

Seminar and Hands On Training with Dr. Clayton Chan

Description: “Introduction to Designing the Occlusal Scheme with Micro Occlusion 1”
Prerequisite Course: Levels 1, 2, and 3
AGD Subject Code: 184 Occlusal Adjustment/Therapy

The Fundamentals to “Form, Function & Designing the Occlusal Scheme”

This “hands on", "how to” course trains the dentist to use their understanding and  knowledge gained from OC's Level 1, 2 and 3 to offer comprehensive diagnosis and effective treatment to their patients. Dentists and lab technicians are guided through an actual 2 day hands-on exercise of anatomical carving of the posterior occlusal form following Chan's systematic occlusal carving and shaping protocols. 


The lower anatomical orthosis is the foundational tool to understand occlusion and functional movements. The dentist will learn what to grind and what not to grind on the dental occlusal table. An appreciation for occlusal anatomy, micro adjusting details and its effect on the proprioceptive feedback mechanism of jaw movements is critical to the dentist who is willing to discipline his/herself in occlusal management (a key element for all restorative dentists). This program is not for the weak at heart, but is for those dentists and technicians wanting to take their dentistry and bite management to the next level of excellence. The terms "coronoplasty" and "micro-occlusion" means different things to different dentist, but has special meaning to Dr. Chan and dentists who desire to see GNM from an advanced perspective, advancing beyond classic neuromuscular occlusal understanding and appreciation to bite stabilization management.


Occlusal nomenclature is presented and a live demonstration on why and how Dr. Chan uses the J5 Dental TENS to properly "optimize" his bite registration with the K7 is an eye opener for every neuromuscular-minded clinician. Understanding how to accurately managed all the various occlusal incline planes properly and land the occlusal marks on an optimized measured myo-trajectory is critical to begin the next level of GNM occlusal stabilization for any occlusally compromised case.

This Level 4 allows dentists to see the efficiency of time and movement through a GNM design orthotic that speeds up a reline visit that sometimes has to happen because of an out of town patient who maybe cannot wait for a lab to do the reline correction.  It's not as hard as one thinks when one watches the systematic approach that Dr. Chan has developed. The first time the course is taken the doctor focuses on drawing dots and lines and trying to keep track of grooves and "does it look like teeth" thinking. When doctors return to audit the course they see more clearly the almost factory like way one can carve the acrylic without the worry that it will look like a tooth! (That is the power of awareness and understanding at the next level).

Course Objectives:
  • Introduction to occlusal design schemes - Micro-occlusion, proprioceptive signally and occlusal treatment
  • Classification to occlusal prematurities - Understanding the occlusal surfaces
  • Understanding the value and importance of cusp fossa relationships, incline planes and mandibular movements.
  • Carving the anatomical orthosis at the next level - Establishing the occlusal platform
  • Orthosis fabrication following Dr. Chan's step by step protocols.
  • Understanding the basics to anatomical form - Reaching maximum dental Improvement.
  • Managing the occlusal Contacts on incline planes - Refining anatomical form to Optimize Mandibular Function.
  • Managing the occlusion with Instrumentation - Objective parameters to measure occlusal balance
  • Dealing with dual bite case problems
  • Troubleshooting the occlusal problems - How to determine when and when not to coronoplasty
  • The importance of anterior disclusion and how it works.
You Will Learn:
  • Steps to fabricate a lower anatomical removable orthosis.
  • How to make the anatomical orthosis feel comfortable in the mouth.
  • Why anatomical form is crucial for proper craniomandibular/cervical function.
  • How to remove the torque and imbalances from the mandible with the Dental TENS.
  • How to manage the occlusal incline planes.
  • How to properly establish the centric stops for optimal function and occlusal stability.
  • How to prevent from flattening the occlusal surfaces and inadvertently grinding the bite.
  • How to create, design and maintain anatomical form for optimal stability.
  • How to manage the lateral excursive interferences without flattening the occlusion.
  • Why the envelope of function is crucial to comfortable musculature and lasting aesthetics.
  • How to finalize and balance the terminal contacts with jaw tracking and EMG technology to measure and validate the quality of the bite.


CLAYTON A. CHAN, D.D.S. Founder/Director of OCCLUSION CONNECTIONS The Center for Gneuromuscular Dentistry & Orthopedic Advancement


Dr. Chan’s GNM teachings have afforded dentist from around the world to implement clinical occlusal techniques that have achieved outstanding results in “real world” dental practices. His leadership and pioneering role in both “gneuromuscular” (GNM) and neuromuscular (NM) occlusion has been recognized, by his peers, for his ability to deliver outstanding care to his patients as well as present the most advanced principles dentistry and the treatment of TMD patients. When taking OC’s Masterclass training, you can be assured you are taught the most up to date and clinically relevant techniques, based on sound science, substantiated protocols. Dr. Chan shows and demonstrates live proven clinical techniques that you will learn, be inspired, become skilled, successful, profitable and confident in integrating the GNM concepts into your dental practice. More About Dr. Chan

TESTIMONIALS: What other doctors have commented about  Level 4 course:

" Priceless, Awesome, Very helpful, Very good environment to learn, Non one better.  I've never learned so much useful information in so little time."- Andrew J. Krause, D.D.S., New Baltimore, Michigan

"I waited a long time to take level 4!
I returned from the level 4 course on Sunday, and this week my approach to adjusting the orthotics was so different (in a good way) from before. 
I have delivered and adjusted many orthotics over the years, and have had successful results, but this week the patients noticed the improvement in the bite much quicker. 

Thank you, Clayton for sharing this valuable information with us. 

I highly recommend the level 4 course."
- Janet Levine, D.M.D., Tarrytown, NY

"Another excellent course!  All topics were covered and all questions were answered.  Dr. Chan always goes to great lengths to ensure that all questions and concerns were dealt  with.  Benefits will be immediate.  Excellent, Excellent.  Every course at O.Cl has met or exceeded my expectations.  An exceptional learning experience."  - Gregory G. Yount, D.M.D., Mattoon, Illinois

"Orthotic delivery and adjustment taken to another level, incredible.  I have come to expect the unexpected form Clayton and he always delivers.  My patients are the benefactors of this training.  My expectations of the course were exceeded!" - Myles Preble, D.M.D., Salt Lake City, Utah

"This was a course that I looked forward to greatly.  It did not disappoint...It was better than I had hoped. This is most likely the course that I will apply more than any other.  Jane is the best, Thank you.  Dr. Chan demystified occlusion.  he gives clarity to the subject.  The focus on the anatomy and the advance adjustment techniques make micro occlusion/coronoplasty an expectable, attainable goal.  Thank you!" - Stephen W. Durham, D.M.D., Beaufort, South Carolina

"Master Dr. Chan, thank you for all your enthusiasm and dedication in teaching me and other OC members what you know that works in occlusion. You painted colors on the many gray area of my GNM knowledge.  I am more encouraged and confident to treat those patients of mine who can benefit from NM treatment. Thank you for graciously answering  my numerous questions during the course and helping me out with my cases after the class. I am so looking forward to attend the next level course.   Mrs. Chan, thank you for your first class care and hospitality. The food was delicious. I appreciate all your accommodation and help throughout the course. ".
Sam S. Sadati, DDS, FAACD, FAGD, Wellington, Florida 

"Watching Clayton adjust an orthotic is like watching an artist work in his favorite medium.My classmates who brought so much insight and experience to the table and Clayton leading the way - it was an terrific learning experience."
- Bill Greenberg, DMD - Mount Holly, New Jersey

"I would highly recommend this course for all doctors interested in Occlusion."
- Byron Blasco, DMD - Las Vegas, NV

"Outstanding course.  Completely filled in the gaps in my micro occlusion knowledge.  Excellent demonstrations of orthotic delivery....and all questions were answered.  Very well done, fuels my passion for GNM dentistry. Already looking forward to my next course." - Chris Mohler, D.D.S., L.L.C.

"What a mind shift! Amazing experience, so much hands on!  Felt like home with an amazing group of doctors.  I am so much more confident to go back to my practice and finally resolve through this understanding "in just 2 days" how to resolve lots of my patient's not stay on on trajectory!" - Maria Escoto, D.D.S., Sunny Isles Beach, FL

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