The Dawson Academy Blog

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

Kimberley Daxon, D.D.S. is the Resident Expert of Removable Prosthesis and has been a Senior Faculty member for The Dawson Academy for over 18 years. Dr. Daxon is also an owner and prosthodontist at Daxon Dentistry in St. Petersburg, Florida. She specializes in complex occlusal disorders, complete dentures, team training, and implants.

Recent Posts

Webinar: Managing VDO in the Partially Edentulous Patient

Define when it is appropriate to alter vertical dimension with fully edentulous cases.

Replacing missing teeth with implants in the partially edentulous patient can be a very rewarding treatment option. However, when we are faced with additional challenges of limited restorative space and occlusal plane issues, planning the timing of implant restoration is important, especially when we need to alter the existing vertical dimension of occlusion. 

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2 Considerations of Treatment Planning a Maxillary Implant Prosthesis

When we have patients with an existing maxillary denture who want to transition to some type of implant prosthesis, there are many things to consider when we are treatment planning these types of cases. Number of implants, A/P spread, and vertical space are a few important clinical decisions that must be made. The decision to do a fixed or removable prosthesis, however, can be patient driven, meaning, most patients will want a fixed prosthesis if given the choice.

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Why a Unified Practice Vision is Essential to Complete Dentistry

Having a unified practice vision is essential for implementing complete dentistry. As doctors, we need to have a clear picture or vision of the type of practice we want to have. What type of dentistry do we want to offer? What level of service do we want to deliver to our patients? What does the office look and feel like? What is the reputation we want to have? And what is the personality or culture of our practice?

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Transitioning to a Fixed Implant Supported Prosthesis

When patients come to us with existing maxillary dentures and want to transition to afixed implant supported prosthesis, sometimes the treatment planning process can be a little confusing and a little challenging.

And we tend to maybe let the patient drive that decision and we end up doing a fixed prosthesis. But really the question is, is that the best prosthesis for them?

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3 Tips for Training Your Team on the Complete Dental Exam

Performing a complete exam on a new patient is our greatest opportunity to differentiate our practice, and if done the way Pete teaches us, it can be a huge practice builder. However, getting our team on board and getting them trained in the concepts of complete dentistry can often be our greatest barrier to implementation. There are three steps that I recommend for getting our team trained.

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