I would like to share with you my observations and experiences with utilizing a tool that helps me to select shades for my direct and indirect restorations. As restorative dentists, we are given the task of either replacing or enhancing what is absent or deficient in nature. Innately, that solution is essentially simple.
The treatment planning process can be the biggest challenge for any dentist. The goal of all treatment plans is to create long-term stability in the masticatory system regardless of how simple or complex a patient’s conditions present. However, the dilemmas that dentists face sometimes lead to restorative failure or patient dissatisfaction.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 11, 2019) – The Dawson Academy has named four resident experts to guide its growth in four disciplines of dentistry. Lee Culp and Drs. Kim Daxon, Scott Finlay and DeWitt Wilkerson will lead some of The Dawson Academy’s current curriculum and develop new courses that expand on the principles of occlusion.
In our mission as restorative dentists, we often come across the same series of questions.
When reconstructing, what is either deficient or absent in our patients smiles? Is the restoration of teeth with either direct or indirect materials?
Form follows function.
We've all heard the old adage everywhere, in all facets of life. And when it comes to anterior teeth we have to think of it as if we can get the function dialed in and honed in really well, the esthetics effortlessly fall into place.
Note: The Dawson Academy uses the term "specialty patient" in place of "complex care patient" , as well as "general patient" in place of "modest patient".
I remember my first experiences with case acceptance were good ones. I was fresh out of the United State Navy and the 2 years I practiced there served me well. I opened a small practice in rural North Carolina and new patients rolled in on day one. I did amalgams, anterior composites, a few crowns, and lots of extractions. Nothing fancy; just good old bread and butter dentistry. Patients paid me and life was good. Case acceptance was easy. I’d do an exam, tell patients what they needed, how I’d do it, and they’d say yes.
So what script do we need if we order an MRI on our patient? Now, it used to be, several years ago, that actually MRI was kind of the gold standard for us to look inside the joint. That is not really the case anymore.
The question comes up, what does airway have to do with TMD or what does TMD have to with airway problems? And the answer is sometimes there's very little overlap, sometimes there's quite a bit of overlap, and sometimes there's total overlap.
When we think of the implication mindset, Dr. Dawson has talked to us for a long time about a way for us to think about dental problems and approach to dental treatment as a way to communicate with our patients and help them move forward with their treatment. One way to look at it is, when we find dental concerns in a new patient exam, we speak to our patient in terms of 'is this urgent?'