The Dawson Academy Blog

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

Webinar | Orthodontic Pearls in Restorative Cases

When the functional matrix of the anterior teeth are combined with the key components of anterior guidance and neutral zone, tooth position is critical to our success. Because of this, orthodontic tooth movement has become more and more important as a treatment step to solve many of the difficult functional and esthetic cases we are faced with.

Moving the teeth, especially the anterior teeth, to their ideal position, or to a better treatment position, is critical to our centric stops, our incisal edge position, our smooth lateral and protrusive function. There is a reason that orthodontics is #2 in our functional treatment options: Reshape teeth, Reposition teeth, Restore teeth and Reposition bone.

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Webinar: Why Dentistry Fails

Avoid clinical failures and create a pathway to treatment predictability.

Wonder why some crowns break while others don't? Why a patient is experiencing pain, but it's difficult to pinpoint the source? Why some patients exhibit excessive wear? During this webinar, Dr. Leonard Hess will uncover surprising (but common) reasons for clinical failures and a pathway to treatment predictability and patient satisfaction.

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Webinar: Management of the Emergency Patient Post COVID and Beyond

Once we resume to business as usual in our dental offices after the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will have an onslaught of emergency patients that have been backlogged and need treatment. This webinar will discuss how to manage the emergency visit from a clinical outcome standpoint, and how to plan for definitive care.

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Webinar: Effectively sequencing treatment on your next restorative case

Learn how to phase complex treatment plans with this series of steps!

This webinar explores the necessary steps to complete a case for predictable results in regards to function, phonetics and esthetics. We will present 2 cases discussing how phasing treatment will result in less breakage and costly remakes.

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Protocols for Construction of Perfect Temporaries

Records and Treatment Planning Prior

The temporary phase is the third phase in our treatment plan. At this point we've had the patient come in, and given them complete exam on that patient. Then we've taken the records we have our 2D treatment planning session, and then the 3D portion is the wax-up of that patient. During the 3D treatment planning, we are looking to find out where we want the incisal edges. We are looking at where we want the anterior guidance, and the vertical dimension. Those are the things that we work out using the 2D checklist and 3D checklist.

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Valuable Tools for Treatment Planning

Quick Tip- Valuable Tools for Treatment Planning

Tools for treatment planning are photos, pictures so that you have a clear communication. Do not forget the checklists. The Dawson Diagnostic Wizard is very important. Utilize a Digital boley gauge, safident golden proportion calipers is a neat tool to use when you are waxing or evaluating provisionals. The Whip Mix small waxer to help me wax quicky and efficiently. Then involve your specialist. I hope this helps.

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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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Webinar: Solving Treatment Planning Dilemmas: The keys to a predictable path of stability

The treatment planning process can be the biggest challenge for any dentist. The goal of all treatment plans is to create long-term stability in the masticatory system regardless of how simple or complex a patient’s conditions present. However, the dilemmas that dentists face sometimes lead to restorative failure or patient dissatisfaction.

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