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

Webinar | Complete Dentures: Pearls for Predictability with Q&A

Join our Removable Prosthodontics Resident Expert Dr. Kimberley Daxon as she answers the many questions you have about fabricating Complete Dentures.

In this webinar, you will be part of a collaborative discussion on various removable prosthodontics principles, including best practices with respect to esthetics, phonetics and function and the importance of determining tooth position prior to implant placement.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to determine if your patient is an ideal Complete Denture candidate, or whether implants are necessary for retention and stability
  • How to take a great border-molded impression
  • Understand how the anterior teeth relate to determining the appropriate occlusal vertical dimension
  • How to problem solve speech impediments - the whistle, lisp and slur

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11 Things We Learned from Virtual Dental CE in 2020

What a challenge our profession and industry faced last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and in our case at The Dawson Academy, this necessity was a quick pivot to be sure we could meet your 2020 continuing education needs.

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Webinar | Treatment Planning: The All on 4/5/6 The Dawson Way

In this webinar you will learn the fundamentals of diagnosing and treatment planning a full arch implant-supported prosthesis.

"I wanted to share a bigger picture of the steps we take to treatment plan these cases. You will pay a big price for this on the restorative side if you don't get it right." - John C. Cranham, DDS

Special emphasis will be placed on visualizing where the teeth need to reside in space for optimum esthetics, phonetics, function, and biologic health. You will see how the Dawson Academy 2D and 3D protocols, in conjunction with a CBCT and digital design, allows you to visualize and plan optimally. This webinar is a precursor to a full, in-depth live stream course led by Dr. Cranham on November 13, 2020.

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine what specific data is needed to correct incisal edge position, incisal planes, occlusal planes and vertical dimension.

  • Compare how occlusal design on all on 4/5/6 cases differs from occlusal design on teeth.

  • Outline protocols to visualize optimum implant placement, based on tooth position.

  • Identify the different software options available to properly plan these cases.

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Webinar | The Socket: Inside and Out

One of the most challenging areas in implant dentistry is managing a socket post-extraction.

Specifically, the challenge in how to maintain the socket to allow for an ideal foundation for future implant placement. This webinar will look at the extraction socket from all angles including the biology and how it changes to ways to preserve the socket. Grafting materials and suturing techniques will be discussed along with a video demonstration of a socket preservation on a model.

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Webinar: Quarterbacking Full Mouth Implant Solutions

Learn how to build a team with a common vision for successful restorative and surgical planning process.

We will be learning how to successfully quarterback full mouth implant solutions using a restoratively driven interdisciplinary approach. We will look at everything from how to build the team with a common philosophy to the successful restorative and surgical planning process.

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Webinar: When Things Don't Go As Planned

Learn how to deal with the timing of treatment, sequencing and stage treatment protocols.

What do you do when things do not go as planned? Have you ever had an implant fail in the middle of treatment? This presentation will cover how unexpected changes impact the timing of treatment as well as sequencing and staged treatment protocols.

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Webinar: Immediate Provisionalization for Long Term Success

Provide a great service to your patient by guiding the esthetic and functional outcomes and creating long term clinical success.

Implant dentistry has been in demand and a great solution for single and full-arch tooth replacement. Technology has made placement and restoration more efficient but yet we all don't have access to some of these tools. With some back to basics principles in provisional fabrication you can provide a great service to your patient by guiding the esthetic and functional outcomes and creating long term clinical success. Understanding the contour requirements, placement needs and aspect of an ideal implant provisional as well as managing the patients' expectations will allow for long term success.

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Webinar: To Graft or Not To Graft?

How to integrate periodontal mucogingival issues alongside comprehensive dental treatment planning and treatment.

The presence of attached gingival tissue plays an important role in attaining and maintaining periodontal health. Gingival anatomy and the etiology, diagnosis, and maintenance of gingival recession will be reviewed, followed by the various corrective mucogingival and grafting procedures. A discussion will include the integration of periodontal mucogingival issues to comprehensive dental treatment planning and treatment.

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Implant vs. Natural Teeth

One of the most important and obvious differences between implants and teeth is the lack of the Periodontal Ligament (PDL). The PDL contains mechanoreceptors that help determine the amount of force being applied to a tooth. This helps act as a safety mechanism for the tooth, so that it is not overloaded with stress.

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