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Dental Articles on Occlusion, Centric Relation, Restorative Dentistry & More

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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Dental Webinar | How-to Overcome the Struggle with TMJ Patients

Struggling with TMJ patients? You're not alone.

Find out what you might be missing alongside our Clinical Director and panel of expert faculty. In this free dental CE webinar, we’re focusing on everything TMJ–from anatomy to treatment planning to various forms of muscle pain. You’ll understand how the TMJ plays a pivotal role in the Complete health of our patients in any type of case, resulting in reduced failures and boosted confidence.

This webinar will be hosted by Clinical Director, Dr. Leonard Hess, and faculty members Dr. Angie Gribble Hedlund and Dr. Stephen Hoard–all of whom have extensive experience treating TMJ patients following The Dawson Academy’s time-tested, systematic approach.

Start eliminating the worry around these patients with a fundamental understanding of the TMJs and the role they play in long-term success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the anatomy and function of the TMJs
  • Review what causes TMD disorders
  • Summarize the steps that should be taken to solve TMJ-related problems
  • Differentiate between occlusal muscle pain and intracapsular pain

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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 | Unraveling the Mystery of TMD

You are going to see more and more TMD patients as your practice matures.

The important question is, what did you learn in dental school about addressing and solving problems of the masticatory system, such as bruxism, sore muscles and joints, clicking joints, morning headaches, and chronic fatigue? The answer is not enough. As a Dawson Dentist, you’ll be trained to become the problem solver in your community. Gain the confidence to diagnose and understand TMD by unraveling the mysteries with Resident Expert Dr. Witt Wilkerson. Join us as we simplify a complex subject.

Learning Objectives:

  • Outline the major sources of temporomandibular disorders (TMD)
  • Implement a checklist for systematic evaluations of TMD

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Dental Webinar | Airway & TMD - What's the Connection?

This webinar highlights the connection and studies between UARS and TMD that relate to breathing disordered sleep. Dr. Witt Wilkerson shares valuable insights gained from several years of intense study of these overlapping subjects.

During this webinar, you will recognize the connections between Airway and TMD by studying the subjects side by side. TMD is a basket syndrome with common symptoms such as sore muscles/joints, bruxism, headaches, and chronic fatigue. Interestingly, those are exactly the same symptoms experienced by many patients with the medical diagnosis of Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), a problem related to breathing disordered sleep.

Learning Objectives:

  • Implement use of the IDM Checklist for clinical use
  • Describe the relationship of disordered breathing and TMD
  • Identify the common symptoms associated the TMD
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TMD for the Restorative Dentist: An Intro 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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