The Dawson Academy Blog

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

Webinar | What Does a Complete Exam and Records Really Mean?

Join Dr. Leonard Hess and fellow faculty members for a defining discussion of our Complete Examination and Records process.

In this webinar, you will learn about the fundamentals of a Complete examination and accompanying records, enabling you to work towards higher case predictability and successful treatment after attending. Discover the remarkable benefits of implementing this approach in your everyday practice  – and for your patients.

Dr. Hess is accompanied by fellow faculty members Dr. Kimberley Daxon, Dr. Steve Hoard, and Dr. Pio Modi. A live Q&A session takes place towards the end of the webinar.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the different components of a Complete exam
  • Discover the various patient benefits
  • Uncover the benefits associated with proper treatment planning
  • Identify the diagnoses that lead to predictable, functionally-esthetic outcomes
  • Answer the 4 key questions that must be addressed following a Complete exam

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Dental Webinar | Posterior Direct Resins

In this dental webinar, discover many techniques and materials for predictable posterior restorations.

Posterior Composites can be challenging even to a seasoned clinician. Of those, the class II composite continues to be the most challenging of them all. During this presentation, some tips and techniques to improve outcomes will be shared and correlated with the current literature.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss challenges in obtaining a successful Class II restoration
  • Review materials for treating interproximal cavitated carious lesions
  • Describe techniques to improve Class II restorations

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Dental Webinar | Airway & TMD - What's the Connection?

This webinar highlights the connection and studies between UARS and TMD that relate to breathing disordered sleep. Dr. Witt Wilkerson shares valuable insights gained from several years of intense study of these overlapping subjects.

During this webinar, you will recognize the connections between Airway and TMD by studying the subjects side by side. TMD is a basket syndrome with common symptoms such as sore muscles/joints, bruxism, headaches, and chronic fatigue. Interestingly, those are exactly the same symptoms experienced by many patients with the medical diagnosis of Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), a problem related to breathing disordered sleep.

Learning Objectives:

  • Implement use of the IDM Checklist for clinical use
  • Describe the relationship of disordered breathing and TMD
  • Identify the common symptoms associated the TMD
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Webinar | Simplifying Removable Partial Denture Design

During this webinar, we look at placing implants in single sites to more challenging cases involving multiple implant restorations and grafting to help build a better foundation for long-term success.

Since many of our patients cannot afford, or are unable to go through, the surgeries for implants, it is important to design a well-fitting removable partial denture that actually strengthens the teeth as the teeth support the partial. Using the Dawson concepts and principles of Complete Dentistry, there are three key components that must be understood.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know the 3 key components of removable partial denture (RPD) design
  • Be able to design various RDP’s
  • Sequence the steps to completing a RPD 
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Webinar: Patient Communication that Connects in a Touchless World

The interesting aspect of our need to go touchless is that it brought clarity. We now understand the importance of adaptability and that it simply cannot happen without embracing technology. So, what does that mean for your daily operation strategy? You may need to adjust the course and pivot to re-assess as new information and technology present itself.

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TMD for the Restorative Dentist: An Intro to a Systematic Process

An estimated 10 million Americans suffer from TMD related symptoms per year and are in our practice patient populations.  How does this effect a Restorative practice? Do you have a way to identify and diagnose the TMD patient?

Dr. Dawson said that if you have a symptomatic TMD patient you cannot proceed with restorative care until the patient is stable and asymptomatic. Once the concepts are understood, the Restorative dentist can diagnose and treat a large percentage of TMD patients predictably. This webinar will preview a systematic process to care for the TMD patient.
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Dental Webinar: The Role of Repositioning in Complete Dentistry

Learn lessons you can immediately implement for complete dentistry repositioning and increased practice revenue.

Orthodontics is one of four treatment options available in complete dentistry. Why then are so many patients needing this being referred out? Are there workflows that enable general dentists to take on orthodontic cases with confidence?  Can we find more cases that would benefit from these tools, and can we work more constructively with our orthodontist colleagues? Fortunately, we can, and this program will explore how Invisalign has solved all these repositioning questions positively.  

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Describe how Invisalign’s ClinCheck® Pro Tool is essential in treatment planning for General Practice Dentists at all levels of orthodontic experience.
  2. Acquire win-win relationships with orthodontists.
  3. Measure increased profitability from rendering efficient Invisalign protocols.
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Educating Patients: 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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Classifying Dental Occlusion: Dawson's Classifications of Occlusion

How to classify a dental occlusion.

For the vast majority of dentists and orthodontists, dental occlusion has been classified using the molar relationship as well as the canine relationship. However, a Complete Dentist looks at occlusion in a slightly different manner. A Complete Dentist looks at occlusion starting with the joint position first.

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