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Wakefield Study Club

21 June 2019
Understanding the Significance of Occlusal Function in the Aetiology of Dental Failures and Failure of our Interventions

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Presented by: Raj Ahlowalia
Host: David Veige
Date: 21 June 2019
Time: 1900 Refreshments 1930 Lecture
Location: Cedar Court Hotel Wakefield, (J39 M1), Denby Dale Road, Calder Grove, Wakefield, Yorkshire, WF4 3QZ

Dr Ahlowalia will present his complete treatment pathway for optimising predictability and longevity for functional aesthetic restorative dentistry, whether for single tooth or full mouth rehabilitations, a blended shaken, stirred and filtered cocktail of the concepts he taught for many years in the US and beyond.

Using multiple case examples covering basic principles to more complex and controversial current thinking on occlusion this brief overview will aim to give attendees an insight into a case planning and analysis process and set of protocols that could be immediately applied to their own cases.

Learning objectives;

  • To recognise when occlusion will matter and when it may not.
  • To understand a treatment planning pathway for when occlusion matters.
  • To recognise the implications of prioritising aesthetic outcomes, how these may compromise predictability & longevity and how to limit & protect against functional compromises.


Dr Raj Ahlowalia has been a general dentist who, since vocational training 27 years ago, has worked in the same rural practice in Bedfordshire.

He has been a visiting faculty instructor of functional aesthetic restorative dentistry at both the Pankey Institute in Florida and the Spear Centre for Advanced Dental Education in Arizona as well as at one time being a featured dentist for the Extreme Makeover UK television show.

He now splits his time between running his private practice and teaching anyone who wants to learn how to marry aesthetic restorative goals with stable occlusal function to optimise the longevity and predictability of their dentistry.


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