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

Webinar | Simplifying Removable Partial Denture Design

During this webinar, we look at placing implants in single sites to more challenging cases involving multiple implant restorations and grafting to help build a better foundation for long-term success.

Since many of our patients cannot afford, or are unable to go through, the surgeries for implants, it is important to design a well-fitting removable partial denture that actually strengthens the teeth as the teeth support the partial. Using the Dawson concepts and principles of Complete Dentistry, there are three key components that must be understood.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know the 3 key components of removable partial denture (RPD) design
  • Be able to design various RDP’s
  • Sequence the steps to completing a RPD 
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Webinar | Orthodontic Pearls in Restorative Cases

When the functional matrix of the anterior teeth are combined with the key components of anterior guidance and neutral zone, tooth position is critical to our success. Because of this, orthodontic tooth movement has become more and more important as a treatment step to solve many of the difficult functional and esthetic cases we are faced with.

Moving the teeth, especially the anterior teeth, to their ideal position, or to a better treatment position, is critical to our centric stops, our incisal edge position, our smooth lateral and protrusive function. There is a reason that orthodontics is #2 in our functional treatment options: Reshape teeth, Reposition teeth, Restore teeth and Reposition bone.

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Webinar: Effectively sequencing treatment on your next restorative case

Learn how to phase complex treatment plans with this series of steps!

This webinar explores the necessary steps to complete a case for predictable results in regards to function, phonetics and esthetics. We will present 2 cases discussing how phasing treatment will result in less breakage and costly remakes.

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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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Using the 'Easy-Extender'

Here's a quick tip on something I've been using recently and that's called the Easy-Extender and it's for open tray implant impressions. So often, when you put the impression on and you're trying to find that screw head to unscrew the impression coping to get the impression out, this solves that problem.

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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.

Transcript continued below...

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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.

Dawson Quick Tip_ Using Teflon Tape Instead of Cotton Pellet

 

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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