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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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Webinar | Equilibration: Determining the Need and Communicating with Patients

Equilibration is critical for treatment of occlusal disease and Complete Dentists must know how to perform all aspects of it correctly.

In this webinar, you will learn the fundamentals of equilibration and uncover its clinical relevance with Senior Faculty Member, Dr. Neeraj Khanna. You’ll identify when and why equilibration is necessary for treatment, while discovering its many benefits. We’ll also review best practices for better patient communication, resulting in increased case acceptance and more predictable outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review equilibration fundamentals and principles
  • Identify the ‘must-equilibrate’ patients in your practice
  • Correct problems in your patient communication strategies regarding equilibration
  • Increase case acceptance by stressing the importance of proper examinations and treatment to patients

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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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Webinar | Complete Care Dentistry – Understanding the 'WHY'

Many dentists spend decades wandering through the desert of insurance based “standard of care.”  Most know there is a better way, but struggle with the WHY!  Dr. Hess explains the path to a 'better way' for your patients and yourself.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how a complete examination can unlock unlimited potential in your practice
  • Recall the keys to predictable results and higher practice satisfaction
  • Compare the difference between treating symptoms and treating the cause
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Webinar: Joints or Muscles - What is your Complete Exam telling you?

As Dr. Dawson said “Every great treatment plan comes from well organized examination and records appointments."

Dr. Johnson will discuss the key aspects of an occlusal muscle exam, what load testing is revealing, and why our seven screening questions are so important to help uncover the issues beneath the surface of patient problems.

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2 Errors to Avoid for High Quality Digital Photography

Digital photography is one of the most important tools you could have in your toolbelt for aesthetic dentistry. If you think about it, an esthetic case starts with a photo and it ends with a photo. But are you taking the proper photos to showcase your work in the best light? There are two common errors that I see with dental photography. First, the picture might be blurry and second, it might be overexposed or washed out.

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3 Signs of a Bruxer

Discovering a Bruxer with Tooth Wear

The obvious signs of a bruxer that we see on a daily basis are worn teeth. Aside from that, you can also have teeth that are loose, cracked, breaking, fractured, and also teeth that have abfractions. But most of the time, we see worn teeth and teeth that are worn into the dentin as the bruxism occurs over a period of time.

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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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