The Dawson Academy Blog

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

Networking with Specialists

So creating a network of specialists is not an easy task for a Dawson dentist.

Seek specialists that share the same philosphy.

It presents with a lot of challenges of finding the people that you want to work with, that have the same philosophy, that have the same personality, potentially, as you do, that your patients are going to feel welcome going to.

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Proper Techniques When Load Testing

Load testing is a crucial part of our complete examinations. I approach my patients the way that Dr. Dawson taught us.

Romance the mandible.

So to get to be able to romance the mandible, I relax my patient. I have them lean back. I talk in a very soft voice and I ask them to pretend like they're falling asleep, watching TV, with their mouth open. This gets me half of the way there.

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The Benefits of Using Doppler Auscultation


Hi. My name is Dr. Leonard Hess. I would like to spend a few moments with you talking about the benefits of using doppler auscultation.

Doppler auscultation is really simple.

The temporomandibular joint, if it is healthy and intact, should have a condyle and a disc sitting on top of it, and it should be encapsulated in a fibrous capsule, bathed in synovial fluid. Synovial fluid is the slipperiest substance in the human body.

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How to Get Patient Buy-In

Getting patients to own their own problems can be very challenging.

I find that in my office what has worked best for me is showing them photographs.

When I show photographs of the patient, I let them ingest what they are seeing on a photograph for maybe a few seconds before I start talking about what I am seeing. And sometimes I will actually ask them what they are seeing.

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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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