Every Case is a Big Case: Is Occlusion the Key to Predictability?

Friday, April 22

1:30 - 5 PM

3 CDE Credits – DDS, DH, DA, AUX

About the Course

Understanding and integrating a systematic approach to evaluating and treatment planning every
patient will help a practice evolve into a more health-centered and valued practice. It will
empower and enable the dentist to work with specialists more efficiently and predictably for all
cases. The foundation to visualizing the end is the occlusion, whether it be proving that long-lasting
comfort can be created on an appliance or transferring the information to models.

This session will enable participants to:
• Demonstrate the critical information to gather systematically during the exam
• Review the systematic approach to treatment planning every case
• Appreciate and understand the value of appliance therapy to help learn and deliver an
occlusally solid final result


Kevin Kwiecien, DMD, MS

Dr. Kwiecien graduated from Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry in 1995 and holds a master’s degree in health care administration. He has more than 25 years of private practice experience with most of those years overlapping in academia. Before joining Spear Education as a full-time faculty member from 2014 to 2017, Dr. Kwiecien served as assistant professor of restorative dentistry at Oregon Health and Sciences University School of Dentistry, where his roles included director of the university’s faculty dental practice, director of patient admissions, and director of the urgent care clinic, as well as course director of pre-clinical fixed prosthodontics and co-course director of advanced restorative concepts for third- and fourth-year students.

As a member of the Spear resident faculty, Dr. Kwiecien served as director of Spear Online, responsible for creating and overseeing digital clinical content. He taught several of the hands-on workshops and practiced as a member of the Spear faculty practice. He has more than a decade of national and international lecturing and workshops, with topics ranging from dental team building to dental practice systems, leadership, comprehensive digital dentistry, dental sleep medicine, appliance therapy, systematic treatment planning, occlusion in the restorative practice and many more.

Dr. Kwiecien’s appreciation for and dedication to high-level continuing education began with Dr. Frank
Spear in 2001. Shortly thereafter, he completed the curriculum at the L.D. Pankey Institute. He belonged for several years to a Tucker Gold Study Club and has many additional accomplishments, including a fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, where he also served as President of the Oregon Academy of General Dentistry.

He also maintains memberships in several organizations, including the Academy of General Dentistry, American Equilibration Society and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Kwiecien is a faculty member at the L.D. Pankey Institute and dedicates the majority of his time as the owner of K Squared Facilitation and Dental Education, promoting long-term health for the practice, team and patient.

Conflict of Interest: Affiliation: Ksquared Facilitation and Dental Education

Kevin Kwiecien, DMD, MS