The Dawson Academy Blog

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

Turn hygiene into you 'bird dog'

The most important role of hygienist is actually to be an advocate towards the patient, for the patient but also for the dentist. Our job as a hygienist is to be the bird dog or to find any instability that's going on in the mouth because we're in there so often, every three or six months. If we have really great records, we can keep a running tab on the problems in their mouth or the instabilities.

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Why should dentistry focus on airway disorders?

Treating airway disorders is important because it is our primary physiologic function, we can’t go without air for very long! It takes about 3 minutes or so without air to start a cascade of events brought on by our automatic/autonomic nervous system to keep us alive. It’s the sympathetic response commonly known as the “fight or flight response” that kicks in to keep us alive. These responses include an increase in heart rate to get oxygen in the blood to all the organs in the body. The most important organ, being the brain, aka the command center, which will continue to keep us alive. Opening and keeping our airway open should be on the forefront of every Complete Exam.

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Educating patients about the TMJ joint (4 different phases of the joint)

Educating patients on dental conditions can be very challenging for many dentists. A complete dentist has even more challenges, especially when it comes to explaining joint conditions with their patients. The complete dentist starts the examination by examining the joint first. Based on what we know, there are four categories or phases of joints that we need to discuss: the green joint, there are two in the yellow-joint category, and the red joint. Talking to your patients about each of these categories is very important, because if they understand the condition, they can understand the recommended treatment is necessary. We start with the green joint.

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Webinar - Altering the Vertical Dimension

In this webinar, you will revisit the important parameters that determine the vertical dimension of occlusion for each individual patient.

You will learn how to identify which patients you must consider opening the VDO to have control of the occlusion. We will also discuss which cases you must be very careful about altering the vertical dimension, as well as which cases are too high-risk to open VDO.

Special emphasis will be placed on:

  • Important concepts regarding implant cases
  • The options to open VDO using composite resin
  • How to phase complex cases when cost is an issue
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How the digital lab is changing dentistry

Following Dawson Protocols, surgical protocols and diagnostic protocols, everything in our laboratory is designed and created digitally. A major benefit to doing this is patient engagement, speed, efficiency and precision. Perhaps the biggest advantage to moving to a digital process is precision 3D communication, using complete digital records.

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