Functional considerations are an innate part of the process of creating cosmetic solutions for patients. If you have been
practicing long enough you have undoubtedly experienced the disappointment of beautiful dentistry being destroyed by what the patient is able to do to it. New observations that have become standard in dental exams and new understanding about the reasons people damage their teeth by putting them
against each other have improved the odds, but all of us harbor that fear of meeting the patient who in spite of our best efforts, is able to quickly reverse the beauty of our treatment. If we assume that every patient will continue to do exactly what they have already done we can reduce the risk and improve our lives as we improve the lives of those we serve.
At the conclusion of our brief time together attendees will be able to
• Predict the importance of occlusion for each patient
• Design an occlusion based on those observations
Gary M. DeWood, DDS, MS
Executive Vice-President, Spear Education
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Gary earned his DDS from Case Western Reserve University in 1980. Immediately following dental school, he completed a General Practice Residency at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. In 1995 he completed the University of Florida Facial Pain Center mini-residency and in 2004 earned the M. S. in Biomedical Sciences degree at The University of Toledo College of Medicine.
Following graduation, Gary and his wife Cheryl founded a practice in Pemberville, Ohio where they practiced together until 2001 when Cheryl returned to school where she earned her ortho certificate and a PhD. In 2003 Gary accepted a position as clinical director at The Pankey Institute, and in 2008 joined Frank Spear’s Seattle Institute as President. With the merger of the Seattle Institute and the Scottsdale Center he became Executive Vice-President of Spear Education in Scottsdale, Arizona.