Upcoming Meetings

Jim McKee, D.D.S. 

MARCH 10, 2017

A New Perspective on Occlusion and TMD

Lansing Center, Lansing, MI

Jim McKee has been in private practice since 1984 in Downers Grove, Illinois and sees a wide variety of patients ranging from simple to very complex cases requiring an interdisciplinary approach. Jim is a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and a past-president of the American Equilibration Society. He has been a faculty member at the Dawson Academy and the Pankey Institute and lectured both nationally and internationally for over 25 years. Jim is a visiting faculty member at the Piper Education and Research Center in St. Petersburg, Florida and directs several study clubs.

Course Objectives and Description
This lecture will address the following primary topics:

1. Evaluate our occlusion and TMD training to determine what concepts are valid today and what concepts require a new perspective.

2. Understand the role occlusion plays in TMD and the role TMD plays in occlusion.

3. Learn when it is necessary to image the TM joints, learn how to image the TM joints and learn how TM joint imaging will change the treatment plan for the occlusal, orthodontic, restorative, orthognathic and sleep patient.

4. Understand a treatment planning decision tree based on TMD and occlusal risk factors.

5. Discuss practice management concepts that will lead to successful implementation of new occlusion and TMJ concepts.



Saj Jivraj, B.D.S., M.D.E.S.

OCTOBER 13-15, 2017

Treatment Planning of the Edentulous Maxilla Utilizing Graftless Options

Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls, MI

Dr. Saj Jivraj received his dental degree from the University of Manchester in England and his advanced Prosthodontic training at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California. He is the former section chairman of fixed prosthodontics and operative dentistry at the University of Southern California, School of Dentistry. Dr. Jivraj has published numerous articles on esthetic and implant dentistry in peer-reviewed journals and has presented on aspects of implant dentistry and advanced prosthodontic procedures. Dr. Jivraj currently holds a faculty position as clinical associate professor at the USC School of Dentistry and is an honorary clinical teacher at the Eastman Dental Institute in London. He maintains a private practice limited to prosthodontics and implant dentistry in Oxnard, CA.

Course Objectives and Description
This lecture will address the following primary topics:

1. Diagnosis and treatment planning for edentulous patients requiring graftless solutions.

2. Applications of CADCAM technology in framework design.

3. Guidelines for material selection for the definitive restoration (Zirconia, Acrylic, Titanium, Chrome Cobalt).

4. Biomechanics of tilted Implants.

5. Management of complications and maintenance.


If you are interested in becoming a Vedder Society member, we invite you to


Please contact us using the form below

Contact Us

Send us an email and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.