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Dr. Laura Wittenauer has her private practice in Newport Beach, California. A native of western Kansas, Dr. Laura attended Kansas State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Dentistry. She then attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. After graduating she initially established her practice in Lawrence, Kansas for eighteen years. Dr. Laura and her family relocated to southern California to allow her husband to attend the University of Southern California School of Dentistry and complete a residency program in Endodontics. Dr. Laura’s practice focuses on helping patients achieve optimum oral health. The most rewarding aspect of her practice is taking care of special needs patients. She is active in many professional and civic organizations including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, California Dental Association of which she is a member of Board of Managers, Orange County Dental Society. She especially enjoys helping dentists learn at the Dawson Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and served as Alumni Advisory Chairman. She also serves as a eucharistic minister and lector for her church. Dr. Laura and her husband of twenty-six years, Rick, have two children. They enjoy participating in activities with their children, attending USC sporting events, running and golf.

Recent Posts

How to Market to Specialists

Today what we're going to talk about is how do we market to the specialists?

As Dawson dentists, Dr. Dawson will always tell us that we really need to surround ourself with excellent specialists that understand the philosophy and care of how we want to treat our patients, both functionally and esthetically. How do we go about doing this?

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Quick Tip- Tips for Communicating With Your Periodontist

Today we're going to talk about tips for working with your periodontist.

When you have that anterior restorative case where you need to change the gingival contours so you have nice symmetry to create a nice picture frame for the beautiful restorations that you're going to place, here's some tips on how to work with the periodontist.

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Dawson Quick Tip: Creating Great Bite Records in Centric Relation

When you're taking your bite record in centric relation, first of all you want to make sure that the wax is heated thoroughly.

Second of all is, after you've taken the wax out after you've manipulated the patient into the wax, and you're ready to trim it, what I like to do is create a soft line first through the buccal cusp tips, then go back through and go ahead and cut the wax all the way through.

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How to Sequence your Treatment Plan

One of the biggest advantages of practicing the Dawson Academy Philosophy is being able to sequence treatment by starting with the end in mind.  This allows many of our patients to have the best treatment with the least amount of dentistry, delivered over a longer period of time, which helps patients financially and also allows them to take advantage of their dental benefits.

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