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Dawson Student Case Study: Getting Treatment Acceptance Through Patient Education and Comprehensive Treatment Planning

This case was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Dawson Study Club Case Challenge during the Annual Study Club Day

In this case study Dr. Stacey Hall, a Dawson Academy Ambassador, shares how using the Dawson principles and protocols led to:

  1. Treatment acceptance
  2. Better esthetics
  3. Long-term success 
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The 4 Elements of Predictable Dentistry

The necessary elements for the treatment planning process.

Let's begin from the basics of what this means. Anything that we teach you that's predictable starts with a four-stage process.

That first step is the complete exam, the second step is the treatment planning process, the third step is provisionalizing the restorations, and the final step is the delivery of the final restorations. I'd like to go through each one of those with you briefly to explain the importance of how each one is related to the other.

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The 4 Treatment Options

So let's talk a little bit about treatment options and ways that you can communicate with your patients, when they show up at your office with signs of instability, tooth wear, mobility, migration, TMJ dysfunction, muscle pain, and soreness.

It's important to organize your thoughts and communications in ways that your patients can very simply understand what you're trying to relate to them.

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What is Complete Dentistry?

There's a way to practice dentistry that's predictable, profitable, and provides an extremely high level of personal and professional satisfaction. There's no magic to it.

Even in a world that pushes us or tries to push us towards doing usual and customary dentistry, if you take the time to dedicate yourself to learning the aspects of complete dentistry and applying the principles, you can have the kind of practice you dreamed of.

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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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What is Conservative Dentistry?

Conservative dentistry, to me, is gathering all the information up that we can in a complete exam.

And once we have got a complete exam, doing the least amount of dentistry to solve that patient's problems.

We want to make sure that if it is just a couple of crowns and cleaning, then that is what we want to do. If the patient needs more functional or esthetic desires, then we can do that. But even on those levels, we are trying to do the very least amount of dentistry to solve all of their problems and what they need to do with that.

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How to Remove Guesswork From Your Treatment Plans

It's one of the most common things that we hear is when things don't go well; in other words, if a restoration fractures.

Many dentists aren't sure why it fractures in the first place. And sometimes a situation like that can decrease your confidence because you're trying to find an outlet as to why this could have happened. Understanding the concept of complete dentistry will allow you to really focus in on those situations specifically.

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