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Finding time to train employees (and answers to other FAQs)

Question & Answer for DentistsWe know our lecture, Functional Occlusion - From TMJ to Smile Design, covers a large amount of important material. That's why we often hold question & answer sessions for those that have attended our course. 

Our most recent Q&A session was with Dr. Leonard Hess, Senior Faculty Member. Dr. Benjamin Ahlbrecht also joined him, who shared the questions he's getting answered as he goes through The Dawson Academy curriculum. 

During this webinar, Drs. Hess & Ahlbrecht answer all of the following questions:

  • There was so much good, meaty information in the seminar, but it’s a little overwhelming to figure out how to break it down into manageable pieces to implement. Where do you suggest I start?
  • How to equilibrate and treat patients with brackets and joint tenderness? The ortho is going out of centric relation...Should I involve my orthodontist in leaving and postponing an orthodontic therapy? Or how to manufacture a splint on a patient with brackets ( incogniti and classical ones…)
  • I don’t yet know how to equilibrate, etc. What should I do in the meantime with my patients?
  • How do I practice getting CR reliably?
  • How do I find time to do more comprehensive exams, case presentations & model work?
  • What about if MI goes distally from my CR? It is impossible to go distally on an articulator... ( kavo protar 7). Is that possible or am I definitely wrong with my CR record?
  • How do you find time to train your employees?
  • I am an associate in a practice where making suggestions or change is difficult. Do you have any advice?
  • How do you overcome patient objections to finances with larger cases?
  • How do you convey to patients the importance of this type of dentistry?
  • How do I get my staff to understand the philosophy & why I want to make changes?
  • I’m still not confident that I entirely understand the concepts. How did you learn more after the first seminar?

To hear the answers to these questions, watch the recorded webinar below.

How to Avoid Mistakes During Dental Treatment Planning

Dr. Leonard A. Hess maintains a comprehensive-focused private practice in Monroe, North Carolina. Growing up in the mid-west, Dr. Hess attended Indiana University for his undergraduate education. His doctor of Dental Surgery degree was obtained from Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago, IL. Dr. Hess is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Equilibration Society, ADA, AGD, NCDS, and CDS. Locally, Dr. Hess has served on the peer-review board for his ADA district. He has also served on the Board of Directors of SPCC College in Union Co. As a senior faculty member of the Dawson Academy, Dr. Hess has demonstrated a passion for learning and teaching from the very start of his career. In the past six years Dr. Hess has taught hundreds of hours of hands-on continuing education throughout the country. From study clubs to the AACD national meeting, Dr. Hess has helped thousands of his peers incorporate functional esthetic care into their practices. Dr. Hess currently evaluates and tests new products for manufacturers such as Whip-Mix, Septodont, Heraeus, Kerr, and Dentsply. In addition, Dr. Hess is a frequently featured author in Advanced Esthetics and Interdisciplinary Dentistry, Inside Dentistry, Contemporary Esthetics and Restorative Dentistry, and Vistas. Dr. Hess resides with his wife and son in Weddington, NC. Outside of dentistry he enjoys spending time with his family, golf, aviation, traveling, skiing, and auto racing.