The Dawson Academy Blog

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

Webinar: Moving Beyond Single Tooth Dentistry

In this webinar, we share how the Dawson philosophy can place you in the top 10% of dental practices. Learn our 5 tips and strategies for implementing key principles taught in Functional Occlusion—From TMJ to Smile Design. Transform your patient's experience, improve clinical outcomes and begin your journey towards Complete Care Dentistry.

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2 Errors to Avoid for High Quality Digital Photography

Digital photography is one of the most important tools you could have in your toolbelt for aesthetic dentistry. If you think about it, an esthetic case starts with a photo and it ends with a photo. But are you taking the proper photos to showcase your work in the best light? There are two common errors that I see with dental photography. First, the picture might be blurry and second, it might be overexposed or washed out.

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Sequencing a Full-Mouth Rehab: Anterior or Posteriors First?

The correct sequence to begin a full mouth rehab is to begin with the anterior teeth first, particularly the lower anterior teeth. The question is, what would happen if one restored the posterior teeth first as many of us were counseled to do in dental school under the guise that if we did the anteriors first, many patients would not return to finish the posteriors. This is not only short sighted, but wrong.

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3 Signs of a Bruxer

Discovering a Bruxer with Tooth Wear

The obvious signs of a bruxer that we see on a daily basis are worn teeth. Aside from that, you can also have teeth that are loose, cracked, breaking, fractured, and also teeth that have abfractions. But most of the time, we see worn teeth and teeth that are worn into the dentin as the bruxism occurs over a period of time.

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Protocols for Construction of Perfect Temporaries

Records and Treatment Planning Prior

The temporary phase is the third phase in our treatment plan. At this point we've had the patient come in, and given them complete exam on that patient. Then we've taken the records we have our 2D treatment planning session, and then the 3D portion is the wax-up of that patient. During the 3D treatment planning, we are looking to find out where we want the incisal edges. We are looking at where we want the anterior guidance, and the vertical dimension. Those are the things that we work out using the 2D checklist and 3D checklist.

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Valuable Tools for Treatment Planning

Quick Tip- Valuable Tools for Treatment Planning

Tools for treatment planning are photos, pictures so that you have a clear communication. Do not forget the checklists. The Dawson Diagnostic Wizard is very important. Utilize a Digital boley gauge, safident golden proportion calipers is a neat tool to use when you are waxing or evaluating provisionals. The Whip Mix small waxer to help me wax quicky and efficiently. Then involve your specialist. I hope this helps.

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