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

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 | Equilibration: Determining the Need and Communicating with Patients

Equilibration is critical for treatment of occlusal disease and Complete Dentists must know how to perform all aspects of it correctly.

In this webinar, you will learn the fundamentals of equilibration and uncover its clinical relevance with Senior Faculty Member, Dr. Neeraj Khanna. You’ll identify when and why equilibration is necessary for treatment, while discovering its many benefits. We’ll also review best practices for better patient communication, resulting in increased case acceptance and more predictable outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review equilibration fundamentals and principles
  • Identify the ‘must-equilibrate’ patients in your practice
  • Correct problems in your patient communication strategies regarding equilibration
  • Increase case acceptance by stressing the importance of proper examinations and treatment to patients

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11 Things We Learned from Virtual Dental CE in 2020

What a challenge our profession and industry faced last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and in our case at The Dawson Academy, this necessity was a quick pivot to be sure we could meet your 2020 continuing education needs.

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Webinar | Posterior Direct Resins

In this webinar, discover many techniques and materials for predictable posterior restorations.

Posterior Composites can be challenging even to a seasoned clinician. Of those, the class II composite continues to be the most challenging of them all. During this presentation, some tips and techniques to improve outcomes will be shared and correlated with the current literature.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss challenges in obtaining a successful Class II restoration
  • Review materials for treating interproximal cavitated carious lesions
  • Describe techniques to improve Class II restorations

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Webinar | Treatment Planning: The All on 4/5/6 The Dawson Way

In this webinar you will learn the fundamentals of diagnosing and treatment planning a full arch implant-supported prosthesis.

"I wanted to share a bigger picture of the steps we take to treatment plan these cases. You will pay a big price for this on the restorative side if you don't get it right." - John C. Cranham, DDS

Special emphasis will be placed on visualizing where the teeth need to reside in space for optimum esthetics, phonetics, function, and biologic health. You will see how the Dawson Academy 2D and 3D protocols, in conjunction with a CBCT and digital design, allows you to visualize and plan optimally. This webinar is a precursor to a full, in-depth live stream course led by Dr. Cranham on November 13, 2020.

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine what specific data is needed to correct incisal edge position, incisal planes, occlusal planes and vertical dimension.

  • Compare how occlusal design on all on 4/5/6 cases differs from occlusal design on teeth.

  • Outline protocols to visualize optimum implant placement, based on tooth position.

  • Identify the different software options available to properly plan these cases.

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Webinar | Complete Care Dentistry – Understanding the 'WHY'

Many dentists spend decades wandering through the desert of insurance based “standard of care.”  Most know there is a better way, but struggle with the WHY!  Dr. Hess explains the path to a 'better way' for your patients and yourself.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how a complete examination can unlock unlimited potential in your practice
  • Recall the keys to predictable results and higher practice satisfaction
  • Compare the difference between treating symptoms and treating the cause
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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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