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

Dr. Laura Wittenauer is a senior faculty member at The Dawson Academy, where she teaches the Core Curriculum with fellow faculty members. She owns and operates her private practice in Newport Beach, California. Dr. Wittenauer’s practice focuses on helping patients achieve optimum oral health.

Recent Posts

How do I present my treatment plan to patients?

Do you have a good system in place to present your treatment plan to your patient?

After you have done your part to put together the plan, it's time to lay it out to the patient to ensure they understand what needs to happen now and what can wait. Here are three tips for you to use to help make that process more simplified.

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How to Market to Specialists

Today what we're going to talk about is how do we market to the specialists?

As Dawson dentists, Dr. Dawson will always tell us that we really need to surround ourself with excellent specialists that understand the philosophy and care of how we want to treat our patients, both functionally and esthetically. How do we go about doing this?

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Quick Tip- Tips for Communicating With Your Periodontist

Today we're going to talk about tips for working with your periodontist.

When you have that anterior restorative case where you need to change the gingival contours so you have nice symmetry to create a nice picture frame for the beautiful restorations that you're going to place, here's some tips on how to work with the periodontist.

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Dawson Quick Tip: Creating Great Bite Records in Centric Relation

When you're taking your bite record in centric relation, first of all you want to make sure that the wax is heated thoroughly.

Second of all is, after you've taken the wax out after you've manipulated the patient into the wax, and you're ready to trim it, what I like to do is create a soft line first through the buccal cusp tips, then go back through and go ahead and cut the wax all the way through.

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How to Sequence your Treatment Plan

One of the biggest advantages of practicing the Dawson Academy Philosophy is being able to sequence treatment by starting with the end in mind.  This allows many of our patients to have the best treatment with the least amount of dentistry, delivered over a longer period of time, which helps patients financially and also allows them to take advantage of their dental benefits.

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