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

Stephen Hoard, DDS is an associate faculty member at The Dawson Academy and leads the Twin Rivers Study Club. He owns his practice in New Bern, NC where he practices full-time. Dr. Hoard teaches The Dawson Academy’s core curriculum, particularly Treatment Planning and Examination & Records.

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How to introduce photography into your practice (and why)

Digital photography is an integral part of my diagnosis and treatment planning. It is also an integral part of The Dawson Academy philosophy. Knowing how to introduce digital photography to your team will ensure that they will know how to properly take photos that can be used during the diagnosis and treatment planning stage.

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What is Conservative Dentistry?

Conservative dentistry, to me, is gathering all the information up that we can in a complete exam.

And once we have got a complete exam, doing the least amount of dentistry to solve that patient's problems.

We want to make sure that if it is just a couple of crowns and cleaning, then that is what we want to do. If the patient needs more functional or esthetic desires, then we can do that. But even on those levels, we are trying to do the very least amount of dentistry to solve all of their problems and what they need to do with that.

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How to Explain the Aspects of the Complete Exam to Patients

I explain the complete exam to the patient only after the preclinical interview. I interview the patient, ask them while they're here what they're looking for from me. And then from there, I simply tell them that I need to gather more information and records. And I explain to them all what we're doing. Checking their teeth out, periodontal health, but also we're going to look at their joints and their muscles.

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How to Improve the Quality of Dental Lab Work

Our dental labs should be an integral part of our dental treatment planning process so that we are able to provide the highest quality dental solutions to our patients. A top-end dental lab will welcome as much information from the dentist as possible. In turn, it is also important for the doctor to have input from the lab during the treatment planning stage, as they are an integral part of the interdisciplinary team. Unfortunately, all too often our communication with them seems to break down, or is, at times, even nonexistent. To prevent this failure in communication, it pays to have a plan.

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