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Dr. Cobb was born and raised in the Washington DC area and graduated from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1984. He joined the practice of his father, Dr. Everett Cobb, and maintains a private practice in the District of Columbia focusing on restorative and esthetic dentistry. Dr. Cobb is involved with a number of dental organizations including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the American Equilibration Society and is a Fellow in the International College of Dentists. In addition to maintaining his practice, Dr. Cobb volunteers extensively both nationally and internationally. He volunteers routinely with local dental clinics for the underserved in the DC area, the AACD “Give Back a Smile” program and Somos Amigos Medical Mission in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Cobb has been on numerous trips with Somos Amigos and is the dental coordinator for the mission. He has been recognized with numerous awards for his philanthropic efforts.

Recent Posts

Webinar: How to Successfully Diagnose and Treat TMD

As Dr. Dawson has said, “Successful outcomes for patients with temporomandibular disorders can be some of the most rewarding experiences in a general dental practice.”

In a study of over 45,000 households, 1 in 5 have suffered from orofacial pain in the last 6 months, illustrating the large opportunity our profession has to provide successful outcomes that can greatly impact patients’ lives.

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Tips for Communicating With Your Orthodontist

 

As we deal with our functional interdisciplinary team, one of the most important and probably difficult specialists for you is going to be your orthodontist, and communicating with the orthodontist can be a bit of a problem.

First off, if you can find an orthodontist that actually believes in function and joint position, you're ahead of the game because it makes it much easier for you.

Unfortunately, for most of us, we're not going to have an orthodontist that believes in those principles, so we're going to have to kind of do some of the work for them.

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Dawson Quick Tip: Getting Patients to Ask for Solutions

The complete examination is probably one of the most important things you can do as we go through this process of complete dentistry. It's where you're going to make all the treatment decisions from, it's where we're going to identify what the problems are, whether they're functional, bacterial, or aesthetic.

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Webinar: 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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The Journey to Complete Dentistry - Part 2

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“It is at this point that the frustration began. I knew what I wanted for my patients. I knew what complete dentistry had to offer. I knew how to get exquisite models and photos of my patients as part of a thorough and complete examination. I did NOT know what to do with all of this information. My thoughts started to be of the blissful days when I was ignorant of what I now knew.

Practice Development Guidance

The Dawson Academy created a lifelong ambassador of me at this point. I contacted Dr. Cobb with my frustration and he spent time encouraging me to find joy in the process and to relax and let my knowledge evolve. Sallie Bussey at The Academy was also a great help to me. She was always my contact person and I felt comfortable asking for her help. Sallie put me in touch with a Dawson Alumni in a town of similar size and demographics about 50 miles from my home. Dr. Sam Pominville was open and encouraging and has helped me through the rough spots in implementing what I have learned at the Dawson Academy.

My journey has continued with the Treatment Planning, Equilibration, and Restoring Anterior Teeth courses over the past year and a half. Each class reinforced the skills from those that preceded it and has added to my comfort and joy in practicing complete dentistry. Implementation of the systematic approach that The Dawson Academy teaches has been the most difficult aspect of my Dawson Academy journey. Relating my knowledge to my staff and creating an atmosphere of education for patients such that everyone on my team is congruent with the message has been a distinct challenge, while at the same time being exceedingly rewarding.  The Dawson Academy realizes that their mission is to provide students with knowledge AND to support them in the implementation of that knowledge.

Why I Took Dental Courses with The Dawson Academy

Why did I choose the Dawson Academy? I chose the Dawson Academy on a lark. I have become a loyal devotee of their approach to complete care and the people that comprise their institution simply because they have shown devotion to making me the best dentist I am willing to become."

A Note from Dr. Cobb

I want to thank Nick for sharing his story with us. I know that at The Dawson Academy the entire faculty and staff wish Nick and all of the doctors who proceed on the journey to complete care with us great success. If we were to talk to other dentists who have been touched by Dr. Dawson’s teachings and the curriculum at The Academy, there would be thousands of other stories just like Dr. Gardner’s. In fact, my story would be one of the many.

We know that the philosophies and processes we teach work and that, as Dr. Finlay wrote,  “the understanding, skills and protocols that you will master as a student in the core curriculum will improve your efficiency, productivity and profitability as a dentist.”

We wish you all great success!
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