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Leonard A. Hess, DDS is the Clinical Director at The Dawson Academy and joined the faculty in 2009. He owns Union County Center for Comprehensive Dentistry in Charlotte, North Carolina, and practices full time in addition to teaching continuing education courses. He is a member of the editorial board for Inside Dentistry and has had over 17 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. He is also a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, AACD, ADA, AES, and NCDS. Dr. Hess began teaching continuing education courses in 2005 on topics including occlusion, smile design, treatment planning, preparation design, and practice integration of Complete Care Dentistry. He’s taught full-day continuing education courses at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s national meeting, The Greater New York Dental Meeting, AACD National Meeting, Pacific Dental Conference, Ontario Dental Association meeting, and The Yankee Dental Conference. Dr. Hess has taught courses in Japan, Germany, Poland, China, and Canada.

Recent Posts

Webinar | The Importance of CBCT for the Complete Dentist

Get ready for a fast-paced review of CBCT incorporation.

During this 1-hour webinar hosted by our Clinical Director, Dr. Leonard Hess, we discuss the impact of CBCT with an emphasis on disorders that can negatively influence a stable occlusion. You will understand where CBCT workflows are incorporated throughout the Complete examination, leading to actionable TMJ, airway, and pathological diagnoses and discoveries.

This is a great opportunity to connect the dots of CBCT to your general practice following The Dawson Academy’s time-tested examination and records process.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize how a CBCT can be incorporated into any GP office
  • Understand how CBCT can be used in TMJ diagnosis
  • Conceptualize how CBCT can be used to identify airway issues
  • Visualize the pathologies that are hiding in plain sight in 2D radiographs

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Webinar | How-to Overcome the Struggle with TMJ Patients

Struggling with TMJ patients? You're not alone.

Find out what you might be missing alongside our Clinical Director and panel of expert faculty. In this free dental CE webinar, we’re focusing on everything TMJ–from anatomy to treatment planning to various forms of muscle pain. You’ll understand how the TMJ plays a pivotal role in the Complete health of our patients in any type of case, resulting in reduced failures and boosted confidence.

This webinar will be hosted by Clinical Director, Dr. Leonard Hess, and faculty members Dr. Angie Gribble Hedlund and Dr. Stephen Hoard–all of whom have extensive experience treating TMJ patients following The Dawson Academy’s time-tested, systematic approach.

Start eliminating the worry around these patients with a fundamental understanding of the TMJs and the role they play in long-term success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the anatomy and function of the TMJs
  • Review what causes TMD disorders
  • Summarize the steps that should be taken to solve TMJ-related problems
  • Differentiate between occlusal muscle pain and intracapsular pain

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Webinar | Connecting Function and Esthetics for Complete Care

Dawson Principle: Form follows Function

In this dental webinar, join The Dawson Academy and our senior faculty members for a group conversation about the connection between diagnosis, functional stability, and esthetics. Discover how combining these elements results in the highest quality of patient care with rewarding outcomes. You’ll understand how our time-tested factors of occlusal stability are directly linked to great esthetic smile design. 

This webinar is hosted by Clinical Director, Dr. Leonard Hess, and faculty members Dr. Neeraj Khanna and Dr. Shannon Johnson. This is an incredible opportunity to learn about The Dawson Academy’s approach to Complete dentistry with our panel of experts who have been practicing in the Dawson private practice for over a decade.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the connections between function and esthetics
  • Discover how inadequate diagnosis leads to many restorative failures
  • Increase your knowledge of joint-based issues and their connection to a lack of case predictability

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Webinar | What Does a Complete Exam and Records Really Mean?

Join Dr. Leonard Hess and fellow faculty members for a defining discussion of our Complete Examination and Records process.

In this webinar, you will learn about the fundamentals of a Complete examination and accompanying records, enabling you to work towards higher case predictability and successful treatment after attending. Discover the remarkable benefits of implementing this approach in your everyday practice  – and for your patients.

Dr. Hess is accompanied by fellow faculty members Dr. Kimberley Daxon, Dr. Steve Hoard, and Dr. Pio Modi. A live Q&A session takes place towards the end of the webinar.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the different components of a Complete exam
  • Discover the various patient benefits
  • Uncover the benefits associated with proper treatment planning
  • Identify the diagnoses that lead to predictable, functionally-esthetic outcomes
  • Answer the 4 key questions that must be addressed following a Complete exam

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11 Things We Learned from Virtual Dental CE in 2020

What a challenge our profession and industry faced last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and in our case at The Dawson Academy, this necessity was a quick pivot to be sure we could meet your 2020 continuing education needs.

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Webinar | Complete Care Dentistry – Understanding the 'WHY'

Many dentists spend decades wandering through the desert of insurance based “standard of care.”  Most know there is a better way, but struggle with the WHY!  Dr. Hess explains the path to a 'better way' for your patients and yourself.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how a complete examination can unlock unlimited potential in your practice
  • Recall the keys to predictable results and higher practice satisfaction
  • Compare the difference between treating symptoms and treating the cause
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Webinar: Why Dentistry Fails

Avoid clinical failures and create a pathway to treatment predictability.

Wonder why some crowns break while others don't? Why a patient is experiencing pain, but it's difficult to pinpoint the source? Why some patients exhibit excessive wear? During this webinar, Dr. Leonard Hess will uncover surprising (but common) reasons for clinical failures and a pathway to treatment predictability and patient satisfaction.

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Webinar: Splint Tsunami

 Are you prepared for the tsunami of patients that is about to hit your practice?

Your patients are on the way back and the COVID-19 pressures have impacted them all. From this presentation you will recognize the signs and symptoms that you can relieve with the proper splint therapy. Polish your knowledge in this important area so you can offer affordable, effective treatment to help them immediately.

You Will Learn To:

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