Have you ever wondered how you can get the specialist to refer more patients to your practice? Well, here are a few tips that I think can help you. First of all, I want you to call the specialist that you want to work with. Call them up, and set up an appointment to meet with them.
So one of the problems that I face in my practice is how do I talk about all these things, the signs of instability and the requirements of a stable occlusion, in a hygiene visit? And I used to try. And I would watch my patient's eyes kind of glaze over and I was feeling the pressure from my hygienist. She's like, "Hey, hurry up. We've got to stay on time."
And I realized I have to do something different here because they weren't accepting to come back to do their bite analysis or their smile analysis. Most people would get up there and be like, "No, I'll just see you again for the next hygiene."
I want to give you a quick tip on how to cement a crown in 20 minutes or less every single time. Now, a lot of you may be doing this, but I'm not so sure you are because my first 17 years in practice, I didn't know if it was going to take 15 minutes to cement a crown or 30 to 40 minutes, because of all the unpredictability. So here's a few tips for you to make this happen every single time.
In order to properly describe an occlusion, we must not look at teeth in a vacuum, but as if we're starting at plaster models sitting on a table. We have to understand that teeth are one part of a larger system. Now, if one or both condyles have to displace in order for our teeth to come together in maximum intercuspation, or what we call MI.
So one of the big issues and changes in dentistry now is airway and how do we deal with it with our complete concept of dentistry. So one of the things we have to do now as part of the complete exam is we have to add an airway screening into our examination. We've actually already done this in our protocols at The Dawson Academy.
Here at The Dawson Academy, we get a lot of questions. Among all of the questions I hear from our students, one of the main questions that we get is why is my dentistry breaking? And what can I do to prevent that from happening again?
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:
- Treatment acceptance
- Better esthetics
- Long-term success
Especially when you're an associate dentist, you have to start out with foundational principles. Dental school is amazing. It's taught us a lot. However, it didn't teach us everything.
So the diagnostic wax-up, why are they so valuable? Why do they make dentistry better?
Well, I don't know how you do any form of dentistry, especially reconstructive type dentistry, complete dentistry, without doing a diagnostic wax-up.
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.