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

Dr. Cobb is Director of Core Curriculum and senior faculty member, Cobb Dentistry, owner and practicing dentist. He is a noted speaker with 18 years of experience lecturing both nationally and internationally.

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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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Tips for Communicating With Your Orthodontist

 

As we deal with our functional interdisciplinary team, one of the most important and probably difficult specialists for you is going to be your orthodontist, and communicating with the orthodontist can be a bit of a problem.

First off, if you can find an orthodontist that actually believes in function and joint position, you're ahead of the game because it makes it much easier for you.

Unfortunately, for most of us, we're not going to have an orthodontist that believes in those principles, so we're going to have to kind of do some of the work for them.

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Dawson Quick Tip: Getting Patients to Ask for Solutions

The complete examination is probably one of the most important things you can do as we go through this process of complete dentistry. It's where you're going to make all the treatment decisions from, it's where we're going to identify what the problems are, whether they're functional, bacterial, or aesthetic.

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Webinar: How to Create a Patient-Centered Treatment Plan

Tooth decay, periodontal disease, endodontic issues, tooth wear, mobility, migration, muscle soreness, TMD and esthetic issues are a few of the potential problems facing our patients.

Despite the desire to correct the patient’s problems with the least amount of dentistry, oftentimes extensive dentistry is required. Unfortunately, due to financial restrictions patients may be unable to get the needed treatment.

Following a systematic approach to complete care, including the patient in a discussion of problems and solutions, addressing financial needs and creating a patient centered treatment plan is the key to success. Even a patient with extensive treatment needs may be able to get the care they required.

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