The Dawson Academy Blog

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

John Cranham, DDS is the clinical director of The Dawson Academy, where he teaches many of the lectures and hands-on courses. Dr. Cranham runs an esthetic-oriented practice in Chesapeake, Virginia. Dr. Cranham is an internationally recognized speaker with 25 years of experience.

Recent Posts

What is Functional Occlusion?

We get asked a lot, what is a functional occlusion? And I think a lot of people, as they look at The Dawson Academy, think that we have one formula for an occlusal scheme that we're going to apply 100% of the time on our patients.

And I certainly agree that when we are redesigning the occlusion if we diagnose an occlusion that's pathologic, that has signs of instability, such as wear, mobility, migration, and sore muscles, that Dr. Dawson's formula for occlusal therapy can be utilized.

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Is Centric Relation Really Repeatable?

One of the questions we get asked a lot is, is centric relation really repeatable?

And I want to look at this in two perspectives. A lot of people look at the reason we use centric relation is that we want to have a position that's repeatable, when we're doing our prosthetics, and that is absolutely true, particularly when we're doing larger cases and we're changing the vertical dimension of occlusion.

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Dawson Quick Tip: Scheduling Emergency Patients Successfully

Hello, everybody. What I want to talk about in this quick tips is, how do we deal with the emergency patient? There's nothing more frustrating than getting a really busy, productive day, and then getting inundated with emergencies, or maybe having the feeling that you put emergencies at the end of the day. And if you get a bunch of them, all of a sudden, you're leaving an hour-and-a-half or two hours after you're supposed to close. That's not good for the moral of the practice. Staff doesn't like it, and I know from personal experience, my wife wasn't very happy when I would come in missing dinner as well.

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How to Schedule Basic Restorative Patients Successfully

When we think about scheduling for success, one of the things that we get asked about as a practice gets busier doing more complex things is where do you put the basic restorative: the DO filling that comes from hygiene or the occlusal that comes from hygiene? It can be problematical when you really start loving doing the more complex things, and I certainly went through that. After a while, what we started to figure out is we just needed to hold time for it.

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How to Schedule More Profitable Procedures (Green Time)

Hello, everybody. One of the most, I think, important things Dr. Dawson ever taught me was the concept of green time. And you can call green time go time, or time that's being held for more profitable things in the practice. But the way I think about green time is holding blocks of time in my schedule for things that are going to be cerebral; things where I'm going to have to have complete focus for what I'm doing.

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Quick Tip: Converting Emergency Patients into Complete Care Patients

In this edition of Increasing Case Acceptance, I want to talk about converting an emergency patient over to somebody that is going to desire more advanced complete care.

Every one of us have emergencies coming into our practice every day, and many of these patients are focused on the problem at hand. It might be a broken tooth, might be something that's bothering their tongue, or it could be a full-blown abscess where they're in pain. What we have to remember is, if you think about this, it is rare - it's extremely rare - that the only thing that's going on in their mouth is related to that emergency.

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Dawson Quick Tip: How to Increase Case Acceptance with Photography

In this addition of increasing case acceptance, I want to talk about digital photography. You've been hearing me say this over and over if you've been listening to this section along the way: I don't think there's any way that we can completely convey to a patient what is going on in their mouth unless we have a crystal clear picture of what is happening.

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Webinar: How to Effectively Equilibrate the Natural Dentition

Following proper diagnosis and treatment planning, occlusal equilibration can provide selected patients with the most conservative, predictable and safest treatment possible.

Occlusal equilibration can often help avoid the need for more complex treatments. Dentists who have developed proficiency in equilibration universally agree it is one of the most practical skills they use routinely in practice.

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Webinar: The Pathway to Predictability

Have you noticed that some cases don't turn out quite like you expected? These are the cases that keep many dentists up at night. Fortunately, there is a way to prevent failures in your dental practice.

In this webinar, Dr. Cranham discusses how to develop a protocol where you can have success with simple to complex cases.

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