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Equilibration: Increasing Patient Satisfaction

Occlusal equilibration is a treatment modality that we can use to increase patient satisfaction and comfort. Prior to my training and education at The Dawson Academy, equilibration was the least understood and therefore the most underutilized procedure of all the things that I did.

 

Help your patients fully understand equilibration

I have since learned that it is so important to help patients understand that when teeth are not hitting evenly and when teeth are not functioning in harmony with the joints and the muscles, something is likely to break down. We tend to see these signs of breakdown or these signs of instability in the teeth and the periodontium. These signs include bone loss, recession, mobility, abfraction, cracks, and wear. If these signs are left untreated, ultimately, symptoms can develop and even result in tooth loss.

I think it's reasonable to say that most of our patients want to keep their teeth for a lifetime. They want to be able to function well and be satisfied with their appearance.

Patients appreciate the conservative nature of equilibration

When we understand the goals of equilibration and we adequately explain the benefits to patients, equilibration therapy can be the most rewarding procedure that we do because patients really appreciate the conservative nature of how we selectively reshape the enamel in order to maintain long-term stability of their dentition. And in my experience, this has been a huge practice builder.

Learn more about Equilibration in our course, The Art and Science of Equilibration.

How to Schedule an Occlusal Equilibration Appointment

Dr. Daxon is a native of Fort Pierce, Florida and attended John Carroll High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Stetson University in 1989 where she met her future husband, Patrick. Dr. Daxon graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill in 1993. Following graduation, she served a one-year general practice residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and a two-year Prosthodontic residency at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Veterans Administration. Prior to starting Daxon and Grundset Dentistry, Dr. Daxon was a partner with the International Center for Complete Dentistry for 12 years. She is a Prosthodontist specializing in complex occlusal disorders, complete dentures, implants, and dermal fillers. She is a faculty member at The Dawson Academy in St. Petersburg. She holds awards from the International College of Dentists and the Academy of Oral Medicine. Dr. Daxon is also a member of the International College of Dentists, the Florida Academy of Dental Practice Administration, the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, the American College of Prosthodontists, the Florida Prosthodontic Association, the West Coast Dental Association and the Pinellas County Dental Association. Dr. Daxon is an active member in her church and community. Her husband, Patrick, is Vice President of the Financial Planning Department at Raymond James. They enjoy spending time with their three girls, Claire, Grace, and Lilly. Her interests include cooking, gardening, water-skiing, exercising and fishing.