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

How to Get Case Acceptance for Treating Periodontal Disease

When talking about periodontal disease and increasing case acceptance with that part of your practice, this really should be a very simple thing for us to do. Sadly, periodontal disease still goes grossly undertreated in this country and in many of our practices.

So again, what I want you to think about through the lens of optimum oral health, what are some of the terms that we can be talking with patients about to get them to understand?

  1. I would use words like the silent taker of teeth
  2. Talk about their breath
  3. Talk about the drain with the infection affecting their systemic health.
Here again, utilizing the trick of showing them some part of their mouth that's normal and some part of their mouth that is departing from normal really helps that.

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How to Create a Patient-Centered Treatment Plan

Tooth decay, periodontal disease, endodontic issues, tooth wear, mobility, migration, muscle soreness, TMD and esthetic issues are a few of the potential problems facing our patients.

Despite the desire to correct the patient’s problems with the least amount of dentistry, oftentimes extensive dentistry is required. Unfortunately, due to financial restrictions patients may be unable to get the needed treatment.

Following a systematic approach to complete care, including the patient in a discussion of problems and solutions, addressing financial needs and creating a patient centered treatment plan is the key to success. Even a patient with extensive treatment needs may be able to get the care they required.

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Dawson Quick Tip: Increasing Case Acceptance with Mindset Shift

The first step in increasing case acceptance is to think optimum oral health and to talk optimum oral health.

All too often in our practices, we start listening to patient's complaints and we get focused on a single, solitary, individual problem. And while that may be very important to the patient, we have to be mindful that there's a bigger picture going on; a system that involves the temporomandibular joints, the muscles, the teeth, and all the supporting structures.

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Dawson Quick Tip: Removing Cement-Retained Implant Crowns

Cement-retained implant crowns are very, very popular and have been for the past 10 or 15 years.

But one of the challenges we see with cement-retained implant crowns is the lack of retrievability, especially since most of these have been put on with permanent cement.

Even the temporary cement sometimes is very difficult to remove.

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Dawson Quick Tips: Creating Stable, Equal-Intensity Centric Stops

Hey everybody. Welcome to Quick Tips. Today I want to talk to you about creating stable, equal intensity stops when we're looking at occlusion.

5 Requirements of Occlusal Stability

We talk about five requirements of occlusal stability, and number one is making sure that when we close our mouth that we have as many teeth as possible, hopefully 14 teeth, hitting 14 teeth simultaneously with equal intensity contact.

And so when we think about how a jaw closes, we want to make sure that we are aligning the cusp tip into the appropriate fossa or marginal ridge. So when we look at this stable bite, we are visualizing that cusp tip landing on a flat surface. If it's landing on an incline, it's going to cause the tooth to shift positions, get loose, move out of the way, or not be optimally stable.

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Dawson Quick Tip: Elements of a Great Case Presentation

Hi. I'm Scott Finlay with a Dawson Quick Tip on case presentations. When you approach a case and try to educate your patients, there are a couple of things that you may want to consider.

First, you need to find your own voice.

You certainly can glean some pearls from other clinicians in how they present cases. But being true and honest when you present your case to a patient, being their best advocate, is going to help them understand things.

Also, you need to try to simplify things.

We sometimes get in our own way as dentists and get a little over-complicated with our explanations. And if you can boil it down and simplify it for patients, that's very effective. 

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Dawson Quick Tips: Esthetic Restorations with Dental Implants

Welcome to Quick Tips. Today I want to give you some guidance when you are planning an esthetic restoration in the front of the mouth that's going to involve an implant.

What to look at first

When we look at these type of cases, the first thing we've got to be considering is the precision of that maxillary incisal edge. The second thing we have to think about is once we get that maxillary incisal edge figured out, where that gingival plane is going to be because that is going to be determining the optimum length of the tooth.

And then from there we have to think about how far that free gingival margin has to be from the head of the implant. Remember the incisal edge to free gingival margin really determines the length of the tooth.

Now we can plan the precise placement of the implant. We have our incisal edge position and we have our free gingival margin. We also know from the biology of implants that if the head of that implant can be about 3 millimeters from our free gingival margin, that gives us the room to be able to shape the tissue, support those papillas and have a great result.

So at the Dawson Academy, if you have an implant we still do everything the same way.

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