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3 Ways Technology Helps Dentists With Patient Communication

If you’re anything like me (and most of our faculty), you like your gadgets and apps. I’ve got my smartphone, tablet, computer and an apple TV just to name a few. And of course, each of those devices have all kinds of apps on them.

These devices and apps help make my life easier – I can get directions to a new place without studying a map. I can avoid waiting in line at the bank by depositing a check via my phone. And I can even check in to a flight and access my boarding pass on my phone. But technology and apps don’t just help in our personal lives, they can help when it comes to a dental practice.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Taking Digital Photos in Your Dental Practice

The use of digital photography has changed the practice of Complete Dentistry for the better.  One reason is it allows us to view, edit, and modify images with ease.  

A fundamental goal of Complete Dentistry is to provide patients with predictable, natural and long lasting restorations.  The use of digital photography is a great way to help achieve this goal, allowing the treatment planning process (16 Step Checklist) to be more predictable.  

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When You Don’t Yet Know How to Comprehensively Treatment Plan


When you are still going through the Dawson curriculum, do you wait to treat or do you try anything immediately?

This is an important question for anyone still learning occlusion and smile design. When you look at the totality of what we're training you to do, there are still a lot of patients who need preliminary mouth preparation to get healthy. There’s still periodontal and biological work to be done, like fillings and build ups.  There are also going to be patients that don't have tremendous functional problems.

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[Infographic] New Patient Complete Exam

As Dr. Dawson says “every great treatment plan comes from a well organized Records appointment."

This infographic is a visual representation of our new patient complete examination, as taught in our Examination and Records course. The complete exam is one of the most important skills that a dentist will master on the path to complete dentistry. 

Click on the image below to enlarge.

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Time-Tested Process for Observing Symptoms of Occluso Muscle Disorder

In this blog article, Dr. Peter Dawson responds to a comment made on a previous article. The following was the comment:

It has been demonstrated repeatedly since 1997 that the relationship of bruxism to chronic craniofacial pain is non-linear. [1-4] In fact, 20% of the Raphael, et al, pain sample showed no bruxism. Lavigne lists among his finest work the discovery that sleep bruxism begins from an open mouth position with the action of the depressors. [5] This is not an “occlusal” problem beyond tooth wear, should the patient so decide. 

That being said, the nature of the pain is such, particularly as it relates to headache, that keeping the posterior teeth apart with an appliance can prevent headache. As Mahan and Alling pointed out in their text [6], we have known that since 1960. [7] 

Sessle, Dubner and colleagues have shown repeatedly that the pain of chronic M/TMD is not inflammatory. [8] Masticatory muscles are fatigue resistant over time, [9, 10] and the excess substance found is glutamate, not hydrogen ions from lactic acid in chronic craniofacial muscle pain. [11] 

The blog post of April 25 is not supported by the current science. 

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