So facebows are essential and a key point in dental treatment. We want to capture the facebow records for two very important reasons. By relating the maxillary arch to the condyles, we get a couple of very key pieces of information.
So one of the questions that I've asked myself, is are my patients understanding what I'm saying when they don't get to see what I see? And I feel like this is something that we all fall into: we love to talk and try to educate, but the patient's not having the same visual as we do. So how do we overcome that?
We have a lot of tools at our disposal to help us to be able to communicate. And one of those pieces of communication that is existential in getting treatment plan acceptance is photography.
How do you build confidence in treating more difficult cases? This question comes up many times during our curriculum, and in many occasions during our teachings, we talk about the process of going from consciously competent to the process of becoming unconsciously competent.
I often compare the experience of patients coming in to our office and being told that they need to have work done to the experience of us taking our car in to be serviced and they tell us that we need new brakes.
One of the most important things that we have learned from Dr. Dawson over the years is the importance of diagnosis. One of my other great mentors, Dr. Henry Gremillion also talked about the 3 most important D's in dentistry: diagnosis, diagnosis, diagnosis.
When we look at photography in our practice, it is perhaps the single most important thing we do these days. When I speak to my patients about it, we are talking about using photography first of all in records, so we know how they are today. It also allows them to see what I can see, because most patients have never seen their mouth the way we see when we examine them.
At The Dawson Academy, we teach you all a system of how to practice, starting from a new patient exam and all the way through prep and delivery. So, for example, the new patient exam.
Digital photography is an integral part of my diagnosis and treatment planning. It is also an integral part of The Dawson Academy philosophy. Knowing how to introduce digital photography to your team will ensure that they will know how to properly take photos that can be used during the diagnosis and treatment planning stage.
Properly loading the joints tells you several things about the root cause of some patients' problems. This will also determine how functio nally stable the patients is. Let's start with the first item.