I think about orthodontists being, in a way, like restorative dentists. They are moving teeth and they're facilitating occlusions. And because of this, I believe it's very important for them to have a strong understanding and working knowledge of centric relation.
Following Dawson Protocols, surgical protocols and diagnostic protocols, everything in our laboratory is designed and created digitally. A major benefit to doing this is patient engagement, speed, efficiency and precision. Perhaps the biggest advantage to moving to a digital process is precision 3D communication, using complete digital records.
As general dentists, when we think about developing our implant team and with some training, we can get comfortable with all aspects of this. If only one person has to visualize the case all the way through, it makes a little bit easier. We are going to start with our usual data, our photos and all the things that we would do to do our occlusal analysis. We should add a CBCT to this process and begin to figure out where the tooth or the teeth will be in space, so we can start our reverse engineering process.
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is now increasing health and financial burdens in the United States and worldwide. DM and its precursor, prediabetes, together affect 103 million people, one-third of the U.S. population. But about 28 percent of patients with diabetes and 93 percent of those with prediabetes don’t know it.
If we've been practicing for any length of time at all, we're going to see some clinical failures. I think sometimes the perception is if we're faculty at The Dawson Academy, that it never happens, and you should know that we all see clinical failures. We just want to limit them as much as possible, and so there's really going to be two reasons that something fails.
The necessary elements for the treatment planning process.
Let's begin from the basics of what this means. Anything that we teach you that's predictable starts with a four-stage process.
That first step is the complete exam, the second step is the treatment planning process, the third step is provisionalizing the restorations, and the final step is the delivery of the final restorations. I'd like to go through each one of those with you briefly to explain the importance of how each one is related to the other.
As Dr. Dawson has said, “Successful outcomes for patients with temporomandibular disorders can be some of the most rewarding experiences in a general dental practice.”
In a study of over 45,000 households, 1 in 5 have suffered from orofacial pain in the last 6 months, illustrating the large opportunity our profession has to provide successful outcomes that can greatly impact patients’ lives.
When we start our search for an orthodontist, it's important that, actually, it's the right orthodontist. A lot of people will be very willing to work with you, but the biggest challenge is having someone that wants to work on our team and is looking for the same goals as we are.
Today what we're going to talk about is how do we market to the specialists?
As Dawson dentists, Dr. Dawson will always tell us that we really need to surround ourself with excellent specialists that understand the philosophy and care of how we want to treat our patients, both functionally and esthetically. How do we go about doing this?
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As we deal with our functional interdisciplinary team, one of the most important and probably difficult specialists for you is going to be your orthodontist, and communicating with the orthodontist can be a bit of a problem.
First off, if you can find an orthodontist that actually believes in function and joint position, you're ahead of the game because it makes it much easier for you.
Unfortunately, for most of us, we're not going to have an orthodontist that believes in those principles, so we're going to have to kind of do some of the work for them.
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