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

Dr. Daxon is a native of Fort Pierce, Florida and attended John Carroll High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Stetson University in 1989 where she met her future husband, Patrick. Dr. Daxon graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill in 1993. Following graduation, she served a one-year general practice residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and a two-year Prosthodontic residency at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Veterans Administration. Prior to starting Daxon and Grundset Dentistry, Dr. Daxon was a partner with the International Center for Complete Dentistry for 12 years. She is a Prosthodontist specializing in complex occlusal disorders, complete dentures, implants, and dermal fillers. She is a faculty member at The Dawson Academy in St. Petersburg. She holds awards from the International College of Dentists and the Academy of Oral Medicine. Dr. Daxon is also a member of the International College of Dentists, the Florida Academy of Dental Practice Administration, the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the American College of Prosthodontists, the Florida Prosthodontic Association, the West Coast Dental Association and the Pinellas County Dental Association. Dr. Daxon is an active member in her church and community. Her husband, Patrick, is Vice President of the Financial Planning Department at Raymond James. They enjoy spending time with their three girls, Claire, Grace, and Lilly. Her interests include cooking, gardening, water-skiing, exercising and fishing.

Recent Posts

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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Rehabilitating the Completely Edentulous Patient

Rehabilitating the completely edentulous patient is one of the most challenging tasks we face in restorative dentistry, and for me, the most rewarding. The majority of the patients I see with an existing set of complete dentures are suffering from pain under the denture bases, poor retention, difficulty with mastication and unnatural esthetics (Figure 1). I feel our society has come to accept the fact that this is what you get when you lose all of your teeth, that this is how dentures are supposed to feel because they are dentures! The psychological effects that accompany the loss of teeth often lead patients to insecurities, social isolation, and even depression. The physical effects of pain, weight loss, and poor nutrition can be even more debilitating.

Combining what we have learned from Pete’s Concept of Complete DentistrySM, classic removable prosthodontic principles, and the latest technologies in implant dentistry, we have the ability to impact our patients’ lives in a way they never knew was possible.

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What Complete Dentistry means to you, your staff and your patients


My grandmother once told me "Integrity is the key to a good life."   Perhaps that is why so many of us are drawn to The Dawson Academy and its teachings about Complete Dentistry. The Dawson Academy has had the most profound influence on me, both personally and professionally, than any other dental institution.

Dr. Dawson’s time tested principles teach us how to solve our patients’ problems with confidence, predictability and success.  He helps us to understand that if the teeth are not in harmony with the joints, something is likely to breakdown.  We learn how to identify signs of instability before symptoms develop, which leads to better care and stability for our patients. 

Complete Dentistry IS Integrity - you cannot have one without the other!  Complete Dentistry is about doing the right thing for people who need our help. 

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How to Decrease Broken Appointments through Dental Hygiene CE

"It's just a cleaning!"  I have heard this phrase uttered many times by patients over the years.   And for many years, I also believed it to be true.   It wasn't until I started learning and implementing Pete's ‘Concept of Complete Dentistry’ when my belief changed.

Pete refers to the dentist as the "Physician of the Masticatory System." I believe the hygienist is the "Physician's ASSISTANT of the Masticatory System."    It's so much more than "just a cleaning!"

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5 Steps to Creating an Effective Dental Team

by Kimberly Daxon, DDS

Whether you have an existing practice or you are purchasing a new practice, the choice to implement Complete Dentistry principles is life-changing. In the dental course, Functional Occlusion – From TMJ to Smile Design, Dr. Dawson talks about the formula for a successful practice:

  • Know how to solve your patients’ problems
  • Develop an effective, happy team (doctor and staff)
  • Structure your office so it can be monitored and controlled
  • Have slow but steady improvement for each part of the office
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