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Dawson Student Case Study: Getting Treatment Acceptance Through Patient Education and Comprehensive Treatment Planning

This case was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Dawson Study Club Case Challenge during the Annual Study Club Day

In this case study Dr. Stacey Hall, a Dawson Academy Ambassador, shares how using the Dawson principles and protocols led to:

  1. Treatment acceptance
  2. Better esthetics
  3. Long-term success 
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The 4 Elements of Predictable Dentistry

The necessary elements for the treatment planning process.

Let's begin from the basics of what this means. Anything that we teach you that's predictable starts with a four-stage process.

That first step is the complete exam, the second step is the treatment planning process, the third step is provisionalizing the restorations, and the final step is the delivery of the final restorations. I'd like to go through each one of those with you briefly to explain the importance of how each one is related to the other.

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Is Centric Relation Really Repeatable?

One of the questions we get asked a lot is, is centric relation really repeatable?

And I want to look at this in two perspectives. A lot of people look at the reason we use centric relation is that we want to have a position that's repeatable, when we're doing our prosthetics, and that is absolutely true, particularly when we're doing larger cases and we're changing the vertical dimension of occlusion.

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How to Train Your Team to Talk to About Money and Treatment

Something that comes up all the time when I'm talking to dentists is, "How do I get my staff to talk to patients about treatment and perhaps even talking to patients about money?" And what I would say to these dentists is number one, you've got to get comfortable doing it yourself so that your staff can role-model the behavior that you want them to emulate. But I will give you a couple of quick tips.

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The 4 Treatment Options

So let's talk a little bit about treatment options and ways that you can communicate with your patients, when they show up at your office with signs of instability, tooth wear, mobility, migration, TMJ dysfunction, muscle pain, and soreness.

It's important to organize your thoughts and communications in ways that your patients can very simply understand what you're trying to relate to them.

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