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Webinar | TMD for the Restorative Dentist: An Introduction to a Systematic Process

An estimated 10 million Americans suffer from TMD related symptoms per year and are in our practice patient populations.  How does this effect a Restorative practice? Do you have a way to identify and diagnose the TMD patient?

Dr. Dawson said that if you have a symptomatic TMD patient you cannot proceed with restorative care until the patient is stable and asymptomatic. Once the concepts are understood, the Restorative dentist can diagnose and treat a large percentage of TMD patients predictably. This webinar will preview a systematic process to care for the TMD patient.
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Webinar: Splint Tsunami

 Are you prepared for the tsunami of patients that is about to hit your practice?

Your patients are on the way back and the COVID-19 pressures have impacted them all. From this presentation you will recognize the signs and symptoms that you can relieve with the proper splint therapy. Polish your knowledge in this important area so you can offer affordable, effective treatment to help them immediately.

You Will Learn To:

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How Splints Fit Into a Treatment Plan

Hi, everybody. My name's Dr. Leonard Hess. I'm one of the senior faculty members here at the Dawson Academy, and I'd like to spend a few minutes talking with you about where occlusal splints work into a treatment plan when we're talking about doing larger or more complicated treatment plans. Let's really take a moment and break our splints down into two predominant types of appliances.

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Educating patients about the TMJ joint (4 different phases of the joint)

Educating patients on dental conditions can be very challenging for many dentists. A complete dentist has even more challenges, especially when it comes to explaining joint conditions with their patients. The complete dentist starts the examination by examining the joint first. Based on what we know, there are four categories or phases of joints that we need to discuss: the green joint, there are two in the yellow-joint category, and the red joint. Talking to your patients about each of these categories is very important, because if they understand the condition, they can understand the recommended treatment is necessary. We start with the green joint.

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Truth About Digitally Fabricated Splints

When we talk about digital dentistry, we are really talking about replacing different aspects of the process from the physical world to computer-coded counterparts. It can be everything from capturing of data with intraoral scans, to the software design process, and then fabrication of the splints using some automated manufacturing device. In my office, I’ve liked the digital capture part of the process for a while, but now, digital design and fabrication is exciting too.

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Determining TMJ Health: what to look at during the initial exam

What things do we look at in the initial exam to determine TMJ health and maybe what do we look at periodically to also assess joint health?

I think the beauty of this whole process is that the complete examination (taught by The Dawson Academy) and the way it is laid out gives us the ability to thoroughly examine our patients and to determine a couple of things.

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