Becoming a Dawson-trained dentist will change the way a dentist practices and Dr. Leonard Hess's case shows you how.
One of the most common things that we hear is when things do not go well, in other words if a restoration fractures, many dentists are not sure why it fractured in the first place. And sometimes, a situation like that can decrease your confidence because you are trying to find an outlet as to why this could have happened.
When dealing with a symptomatic or a suspected TMD patient, we want to follow a series of protocols, no different, really, than we deal with most of our patients.
We asked three faculty members, "when do you fit in your treatment planning time into your schedule?" Here were their answers...
- First of all, we want to get everything biologically stable.
- Also then, we want to stabilize the occlusion.
- And then we move forward to our final restorations.
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Dentists seem to commonly make the same treatment planning mistakes. Some are functional, and some are esthetic.........and sometimes they're both! This leads to frustration for the patient AND the dental team. When cases lose their predictability they also lose their profitability and their fun.
When we're treatment planning, we like to utilize what we call the WIDIOM rule. Would I Do It On Me?
This process of complete dentistry isn't about doing the most restorations on a patient. It's doing the least amount of dentistry to solve all of the patient's functional and aesthetic issues.
When I first started waxing up my cases in the Dawson Philosophy, I learned later that I had encountered a mistake where I had really steepened anterior guidances on the wax-ups and didn't really quite understand why I continued to do it. When I slowed down and I took a look, I realized that I wasn't taking into account that the articulator helps us. It gives a little fudge factor.