The Dawson Academy Blog

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

Dealing with employee pushback

Have you ever come back from a course all excited about everything that you've learned, only to find out that your staff really isn’t all that much excited about it? I want to give you a quick tip today so that you could avoid having this problem after the next course that you come to.

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Quiz: How predictable is your dentistry?

The Dawson Academy has been teaching for decades the importance of understanding occlusion in order to provide patients with predictable, functional, and long-lasting care. Practicing our philosophy of Complete Care Dentistry takes away the burden of having to re-do work by predictably treating the problem the first time around.

Are you spending time doing remakes more than your peers? Are you not getting what you need from the lab the first time? 

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How to perfect dentistry by adjusting temporaries

So a quick tip when working on provisionals is probably nothing new to you, it's something you've heard. It's to follow The Dawson Academy checklists and to follow the order and to never go out of order.

If you follow the order of checking your provisionals, it's the same order of checking your occlusion on anterior restorations. We follow the same process step-by-step.

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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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Integrating Airway Disorders into Treatment

So as we move into the future of complete dentistry, we're going to be finding that we will be doing more and more integration of airway disorders into our treatment planning and even into solving occlusal problems.

So for example, when someone's evaluated and we are able to identify that they have a breathing disorder or an airway disorder, we recognize that part of their airway disorder may be that they're now a mouth breather. As a result of that, their tongue remains low in the floor of their mouth, and as a result of that, their maxillary arch is not developed and they have crowding of the maxillary and maybe the mandibular arches.

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How to introduce photography into your practice (and why)

Digital photography is an integral part of my diagnosis and treatment planning. It is also an integral part of The Dawson Academy philosophy. Knowing how to introduce digital photography to your team will ensure that they will know how to properly take photos that can be used during the diagnosis and treatment planning stage.

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Why the uppermost position is physiologically correct

Why is the physiologically correct position in centric relation the most superior position in the joint space itself?

Now, if you're like me and you went through dental school earlier, maybe 20 years ago, you were probably taught that centric relation was actually a distalized position of the condyles.

It was a very frustrating experience not only for the dentist, but also for the patients because you're trying to put the mandible and the condyle into a very unnatural position.

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