The Dawson Academy Blog

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

Glenn DuPont, DDS is a senior faculty member at The Dawson Academy, and one of the original faculty members. He co-owns DuPont & Wilkerson Dentistry in St. Petersburg, FL with fellow faculty member Dr. DeWitt Wilkerson. He has taught the Core Curriculum to thousands of dentists all around the world.

Recent Posts

How to perfect dentistry by adjusting temporaries

So a quick tip when working on provisionals is probably nothing new to you, it's something you've heard. It's to follow The Dawson Academy checklists and to follow the order and to never go out of order.

If you follow the order of checking your provisionals, it's the same order of checking your occlusion on anterior restorations. We follow the same process step-by-step.

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Dawson Quick Tip: Most Powerful Word in Pre-Clinical Exam



One thing that it took me a while to learn as a young dentist was how to handle a patient in a new patient exam. And specifically how to not answer questions, but to ask questions.

Someone a lot more intelligent than me once said, "The most powerful word in the English language has three letters, and that is, ask." So to ask questions, to ask for information.

There's a couple of questions I love asking in the pre-clinical exam.

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Dawson Quick Tip: Using Teflon Tape Instead of Cotton Pellet

About a year ago I started using plumber's tape (teflon tape) in any access that I wanted to be able to retrieve.

 

 

For example, I called the endodontist that I use, and I asked them when they leave an access and seal it after doing a root canal to use plumber's tape instead of a cotton pellet that I got to go in there and try to get out.

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The Secret to How Dentists Can Lead a Happy Life!

Happiness is something we all strive for.  The big question is how do we achieve it? 

There are many theories on what leads to true happiness. The wisdom literature of the ages concludes that a balance of important areas in our lives leads to contentment and happiness.  Stephen Covey says that peace and happiness comes not in self, but in helping others. 

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5 Requirements for Occlusal Stability

There is nothing more critical for the practicing dentist than the abilities to both recognize occlusal instability and achieve occlusal stability. The fundamental goal of treatment planning is to achieve a result that will not cause breakdown in the stomatognathic system and to provide long-term stability.

These 5 requirements of occlusal stability are:

1. Stable contacts on all teeth of equal intensity in centric relation

2. Anterior guidance in harmony with the envelope of function

3. All posterior teeth disclude during mandibular protrusive movement

4. All posterior teeth disclude on the non-working side during mandibular lateral movement

5. All posterior teeth disclude on the working side during mandibular lateral movement

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