The Dawson Academy Blog

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

2 Considerations of Treatment Planning a Maxillary Implant Prosthesis

When we have patients with an existing maxillary denture who want to transition to some type of implant prosthesis, there are many things to consider when we are treatment planning these types of cases. Number of implants, A/P spread, and vertical space are a few important clinical decisions that must be made. The decision to do a fixed or removable prosthesis, however, can be patient driven, meaning, most patients will want a fixed prosthesis if given the choice.

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Could sleep fragmentation be a leading factor of anxiety, depression, TMD, headaches and IBS?

Dr. Mark Cruz, a leading airway dentist in Dana Point, CA, sheds light on how sleep fragmentation, disordered breathing and inflammation can be an underlying factor in many seemingly unrelated common symptoms that undermine health and wellness. As a featured speaker at the 2020 Dawson Academy Airway Symposium in January, he spoke with our Airway Curriculum Liaison, Kelley Richardson, to give us some insight on the topic of Airway Centered disorders.

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How can I be sure I am in Centric Relation?

Centric Relation is one of the topics that we get many questions about. In fact, in our Examination & Records course, we spend an entire day on what Centric Relation is, why it's important, how you find it, and how you record it. We're going to talk about, "How can I be sure that I'm in CR?" We're going to talk about healthy, intact joints, which brings up another point you need to know, the anatomy of the joint.

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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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