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Dental Articles on Occlusion, Centric Relation, Restorative Dentistry & More

Transitioning to a Fixed Implant Supported Prosthesis

When patients come to us with existing maxillary dentures and want to transition to afixed implant supported prosthesis, sometimes the treatment planning process can be a little confusing and a little challenging.

And we tend to maybe let the patient drive that decision and we end up doing a fixed prosthesis. But really the question is, is that the best prosthesis for them?

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How are Real Teeth and Implants Different?

When looking at implants versus teeth, it is very important to consider the differences between them. There are many differences.

One difference that's very important for us as Dawson Dentists to consider is that a tooth has a periodontal ligament, the PDL. An implant does not.

An implant is essentially an ankylosed unit.

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Dr. Peter Dawson becomes Founder Emeritus

Clinical Director Dr. John Cranham, DDS to lead faculty for the Academy

Pete Dawson & John CranhamDr. Peter Dawson, founder of leading dental continuing education provider The Dawson Academy, has become Founder Emeritus. Clinical Director Dr. John Cranham will lead the Academy’s faculty and clinical direction.

Dr. Dawson founded The Dawson Academy in 1979 as a way to educate dental professionals on the entire masticatory system using a method that he was successfully practicing in his office in St. Petersburg, Florida. His first book Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Occlusal Problems, published in 1974, outlined methods for dental professionals to provide treatments that predictably solve patients’ problems. These methods formed the foundation for The Dawson Academy’s courses.

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How to Finalize an Occlusal Equilibration

Equilibration is one of the most fun and valuable procedures I can do in my office for my patients. I tell my staff all the time that if you want to have me as happy as I can be, fill the day with equilibrations. But finalizing an equilibration is also very crucial.

It can take a little bit of time to do. But most of the time, I will set aside about an hour to hour and a half for my equilibration, and I follow that up about 2 weeks later with a 1/2 hour appointment and then another 2 weeks later, if necessary, for about a 15 to 20 minute appointment.

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What is Conservative Dentistry?

Conservative dentistry, to me, is gathering all the information up that we can in a complete exam.

And once we have got a complete exam, doing the least amount of dentistry to solve that patient's problems.

We want to make sure that if it is just a couple of crowns and cleaning, then that is what we want to do. If the patient needs more functional or esthetic desires, then we can do that. But even on those levels, we are trying to do the very least amount of dentistry to solve all of their problems and what they need to do with that.

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Taking Dental Insurance Out of the Decision Making Equation

One of the tips that I would recommend is changing your vocabulary when you talk to patients regarding insurance.

One of the things that we hear quite often is something like this: "This is what your insurance will cover." I would like you to change that to, "This is what your insurance provides a benefit for." So changing your attitude or mindset, especially with your team when it comes to discussing insurance, is very beneficial for to getting the insurance out of your practice.

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Tips for Training Your Front Desk on Complete Dentistry

Training your front desk on complete dentistry is vital to making complete dentistry work in your office. It is maybe not so practical for us to bring all of our teams and our staff to every single talk and course that we take. However, if you can come back and have an office meeting after the courses, even for maybe a 1/2 an hour, reviewing the general principles of what we have been taught at The Dawson Academy, I think that will go a long way with your front desk understanding why we are doing what we are doing.

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