Occlusal Vertical Dimension: Alteration Concerns
You will receive 1 credit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course. The purchase price of this course is $49.00


This course provides a detailed discussion of alteration of OVD, proper methods and possible benefits

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to do the following:

  1. Describe how vertical relationships change during the growth process.
  2. Determine that changes in occlusal vertical dimension are stable with certain precautions.
  3. Understand that new paradigms which represent a logical clinical assessment will be provided to obtain the most desired treatment outcome.


This course exposes common myths supported by restorative dentists that serve to limit our potential for achieving more favorable results. The need to alter occlusal vertical dimension (OVD) signifies a number of concerns that include: bite force measurements, rest vertical dimension, effect on temporomandibular joint loading, effect on tooth loading and neuromuscular adaptation/stability. There appears to be sufficient scientific support to conclude that alteration of OVD can provide a biologically compatible adjunct to treatment. These alterations can improve dentofacial esthetics, create improved visual proportions in facial height and provide an important treatment modality for force management of the masticatory system.



  1. Introduction

  2. Bite  Force Measurements

  3. Rest Vertical Dimension

    1. Effect on TMJ Loading

    2. Effect on Tooth Loading

    3. Neuromuscular Adaption Stability

  4. Summary

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