Properly loading the joints tells you several things about the root cause of some patients' problems. This will also determine how functio nally stable the patients is. Let's start with the first item.
The necessary elements for the treatment planning process.
Let's begin from the basics of what this means. Anything that we teach you that's predictable starts with a four-stage process.
That first step is the complete exam, the second step is the treatment planning process, the third step is provisionalizing the restorations, and the final step is the delivery of the final restorations. I'd like to go through each one of those with you briefly to explain the importance of how each one is related to the other.
One of the tips that I would recommend is changing your vocabulary when you talk to patients regarding insurance.
One of the things that we hear quite often is something like this: "This is what your insurance will cover." I would like you to change that to, "This is what your insurance provides a benefit for." So changing your attitude or mindset, especially with your team when it comes to discussing insurance, is very beneficial for to getting the insurance out of your practice.
One of the most common questions we get during any one of the classes that we teach is, what do I charge for this procedure?
The most common question that we get is, what do I charge for an equilibration, and what do I charge for records? Before you get into that process, I think what is important to realize is, how confident are you delivering this treatment for your patient at this point?
It's one of the most common things that we hear is when things don't go well; in other words, if a restoration fractures.
Many dentists aren't sure why it fractures in the first place. And sometimes a situation like that can decrease your confidence because you're trying to find an outlet as to why this could have happened. Understanding the concept of complete dentistry will allow you to really focus in on those situations specifically.
One of the most common things that we hear is when things do not go well, in other words if a restoration fractures, many dentists are not sure why it fractured in the first place. And sometimes, a situation like that can decrease your confidence because you are trying to find an outlet as to why this could have happened.
Occlusal harmony is a concept that sometimes gets forgotten. Sometimes, students get so involved with the process of complete dentistry that they forget the reason why they're doing this in the first place. So let's talk about occlusal harmony.
The use of digital photography has changed the practice of Complete Dentistry for the better. One reason is it allows us to view, edit, and modify images with ease.
A fundamental goal of Complete Dentistry is to provide patients with predictable, natural and long lasting restorations. The use of digital photography is a great way to help achieve this goal, allowing the treatment planning process (16 Step Checklist) to be more predictable.
Equilibration or reshaping of teeth is one of the procedures taught at the Dawson Academy. The equilibration process begins with step 7 in the 10 Step 3D Treatment planning Checklist (Provide Equal Intensity Stops). The goal of equilibration is to reshape both posterior and anterior teeth until equal intensity contacts are achieved in centric relation. Like all other procedures, the dental assistant’s (DA) role is vital to the success of the equilibration process.
The Concept of “Complete Dentistry” is based on the principles taught by Dr. Peter Dawson, which entail the complete understanding of the masticatory system. The joints (TMJ), muscles (Mastication), and teeth (Occlusion) all work together in harmony. Many of our patients often experience discord within their masticatory system. When this occurs, we usually expect to see signs of instability. The complete examination is the key to gathering or co-diagnosing conditions pertaining to the masticatory system. As part of the co-diagnosis, a screening history can be very beneficial in formulating the right diagnosis.
There are two opportunities to complete a screening history. The first is prior to the complete examination during the new patient interview. The second opportunity is during the actual complete examination. The right questions will open the dialogue for clues that will help assess the present condition(s), and whether a problem may be related to the TMJ and/or Muscles.