Occlusal Medicine – Why haven’t you been taught this stuff?


November 10th, 2023



Registration: 7:30am.
Meeting: 8am-2pm.
Breakfast & lunch Included.


White Oaks Resort & Spa
253 Taylor Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Ian W Tester DDS, MSc

Current North American dental education has lost focus when it comes to teaching how our patients function and what goes wrong leading to dysfunction. Iatrogenic consequences, missed diagnoses and early failure of dental therapies are the result. This entertaining, fast paced lecture will outline the latest evidenced-based knowledge as taught by The Vienna School of Interdisciplinary Dentistry (www.viesid.com). Based on the teachings of Professor Dr. Rudolph Slavicek who was the long-time Dean of the University of Vienna, you will be introduced to concepts that are critical in making a complete diagnosis and developing a successful treatment plan

Lecture topics:

  1. 10 critical questions you must ask before beginning any dental treatment
  2. Current concepts of occlusion: ignore this and you can expect negative outcomes
  3. The clinical examination: 10 steps to understanding your patient’s function and dysfunction
  4. Why you need to palpate muscles and what that tells you
  5. Accurate study casts, facebows, mountings: why should you spend the time? (Hint it will ultimately save you time)
  6. Expert tips and tricks to better diagnosis your patient’s current occlusion and function
  7. Centric relation? is that still a thing?
  8. Night Guards: when why and how?
  9. Hands on Demonstrations:
    • how to fit and adjust a night guard (presented live with video)
    • proper bite registration techniques
  10. Case examples from clinical practice that will illustrate the topics covered

Speaker’s Biography:

Ian W. Tester D.D.S., M.Sc. is a graduate of the University of Toronto (1982). He is a Fellow and Past President of the Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics (CARDP) and a member of numerous dental organizations including the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry (AARD). Dr. Tester practices general dentistry in St. Catharines, ON with a focus on treating the complex patient using interdisciplinary treatment.

In 2004 he received a Master’s degree in Dental Sciences from Donau University in Krem’s, Austria studying with Dr. Rudolf Slavicek, Dr. Noshir Meta (Tufts University, Boston) and Dr. Sadao Sato (Kanagawa University, Japan). This degree was focused on treating the complex patient with orthodontics and prosthodontics.

Dr. Tester lectures internationally on the topics of complex treatment planning, function, dysfunction, and reconstruction of the complex patient. He is a Senior Clinical instructor with the Vienna School of Interdisciplinary Dentistry (VieSID) at the University of Vienna, Austria, and director of the Advanced Therapies Program. In addition, with Dr. Kim Parlett, Dr. Tester founded VieSID Canada (www.viesidcanada.com) in 2020 and in association with Master Dental Technologist, Stephan Provencher RDT they teach a 15-day hands-on VieSID Basic Curriculum in Ancaster, Ontario.


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