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Dental Webinar | Single Tooth to Complete Care: Your Career Doesn't Have to be Usual & Customary

Are you ready to break out of the dental insurance dictated practice model?
To make decisions based on what is best for the patient, not the insurance company?
If you are... you need skills.

During this 1-hour webinar hosted by our Clinical Director, Dr. Leonard Hess and presented by Drs. Shannon Johnson, Pio Modi and Ryan Springer, we explore the skills encompassed in a complete examination - an examination which looks beyond bacteria and understands the joints, the muscles and how the teeth reach occlusal harmony. We delve into the advanced treatment planning skills and abilities that you'll need in order to move beyond the single tooth and into the management of cases that are interdisciplinary in nature.

The Dawson Academy knows that your practice can be predictable, profitable and fun - but that's not usual or customary. View the webinar now and discover how we can help you find a better way!

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what a complete examination truly means.
  • Find out how to become a master diagnostician.
  • Become versed in the essential components of proper treatment planning.
  • Visualize the potential that is currently hiding in your practice.
  • Learn how some dentists can practice without insurance restrictions yet still take insurance.

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Dental Webinar | The Importance of CBCT for the Complete Dentist

Get ready for a fast-paced review of CBCT incorporation.

During this 1-hour webinar hosted by our Clinical Director, Dr. Leonard Hess, we discuss the impact of CBCT with an emphasis on disorders that can negatively influence a stable occlusion. You will understand where CBCT workflows are incorporated throughout the Complete examination, leading to actionable TMJ, airway, and pathological diagnoses and discoveries.

This is a great opportunity to connect the dots of CBCT to your general practice following The Dawson Academy’s time-tested examination and records process.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize how a CBCT can be incorporated into any GP office
  • Understand how CBCT can be used in TMJ diagnosis
  • Conceptualize how CBCT can be used to identify airway issues
  • Visualize the pathologies that are hiding in plain sight in 2D radiographs

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Webinar | Connecting Function and Esthetics for Complete Care

Dawson Principle: Form follows Function

In this dental webinar, join The Dawson Academy and our senior faculty members for a group conversation about the connection between diagnosis, functional stability, and esthetics. Discover how combining these elements results in the highest quality of patient care with rewarding outcomes. You’ll understand how our time-tested factors of occlusal stability are directly linked to great esthetic smile design. 

This webinar is hosted by Clinical Director, Dr. Leonard Hess, and faculty members Dr. Neeraj Khanna and Dr. Shannon Johnson. This is an incredible opportunity to learn about The Dawson Academy’s approach to Complete dentistry with our panel of experts who have been practicing in the Dawson private practice for over a decade.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the connections between function and esthetics
  • Discover how inadequate diagnosis leads to many restorative failures
  • Increase your knowledge of joint-based issues and their connection to a lack of case predictability

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Why is my lab not giving me what I am asking for?

Hi. My name is Dr. Leonard Hess. I'm a senior faculty member at The Dawson Academy, and I'd like to spend a few minutes with you today discussing some of the frustrations that we experience as restorative dentists when it comes to communicating with our dental laboratory. And more specifically let's focus in on the frustrations that we experience when we feel like we're not getting back what we wanted from the dental laboratory.

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Are You and Your Lab Technician Speaking the Same Language?

Quick Tip-Are you and your laboratory technician speaking the same language_

I think one of those essential issues in life for efficiency is communication and communication involves speaking the same language.

When we're dealing with our colleagues on the lab bench for our indirect solutions for our patients, it's obviously essential that we're using the same terminology or nomenclature when we're trying to communicate either revisions in current restorations or anticipations for what we're trying to create for our patients. A nomenclature that has been defined for us by literature that exists and there is a great resource, I think, that we can reach out to, both the clinician and the laboratory technician is the the Criteria Guide produced by the AACD.

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Networking with Specialists

So creating a network of specialists is not an easy task for a Dawson dentist.

Seek specialists that share the same philosphy.

It presents with a lot of challenges of finding the people that you want to work with, that have the same philosophy, that have the same personality, potentially, as you do, that your patients are going to feel welcome going to.

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How to Find a Great Dental Lab

I love using the Cerec for single unit crowns and a balanced bite. One or two crowns, especially in the posterior are great. The workflow is easy and I have full control over contour and occlusion.

But for more complex cases, where I am changing the occlusion or the position of the incisal edge, working with a skilled lab technician is critical. Without a lab partner who understands what we are doing and why we are doing it, there is no way to have a predictable outcome.

So what is the best way to find a lab that can help support the work we do?

  • Recommendation
  • Certification
  • Communication
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