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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 | 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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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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Webinar | Complete Dentures: Pearls for Predictability with Q&A

Join our Removable Prosthodontics Resident Expert Dr. Kimberley Daxon as she answers the many questions you have about fabricating Complete Dentures.

In this webinar, you will be part of a collaborative discussion on various removable prosthodontics principles, including best practices with respect to esthetics, phonetics and function and the importance of determining tooth position prior to implant placement.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to determine if your patient is an ideal Complete Denture candidate, or whether implants are necessary for retention and stability
  • How to take a great border-molded impression
  • Understand how the anterior teeth relate to determining the appropriate occlusal vertical dimension
  • How to problem solve speech impediments - the whistle, lisp and slur

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Webinar | What Does a Complete Exam and Records Really Mean?

Join Dr. Leonard Hess and fellow faculty members for a defining discussion of our Complete Examination and Records process.

In this webinar, you will learn about the fundamentals of a Complete examination and accompanying records, enabling you to work towards higher case predictability and successful treatment after attending. Discover the remarkable benefits of implementing this approach in your everyday practice  – and for your patients.

Dr. Hess is accompanied by fellow faculty members Dr. Kimberley Daxon, Dr. Steve Hoard, and Dr. Pio Modi. A live Q&A session takes place towards the end of the webinar.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the different components of a Complete exam
  • Discover the various patient benefits
  • Uncover the benefits associated with proper treatment planning
  • Identify the diagnoses that lead to predictable, functionally-esthetic outcomes
  • Answer the 4 key questions that must be addressed following a Complete exam

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Webinar | Periodontal Surgery Essentials for the General Practice

In this webinar, you will witness the incredible results you can achieve while utilizing proper techniques – guiding you to start performing these periodontal procedures by yourself without sending the patient to a specialist.

Foundational periodontal surgery knowledge is essential for every dentist practicing simple procedures. When you extract teeth, you’ll know how to manage the extraction socket and how to place an immediate implant. When treating deep caries, discover how to lengthen surgical crowns in order to place restorations. Additionally, practicing soft tissue grafts around implants and teeth will steer you in the right direction.

Learning Objectives:

  • How-to manage extraction sockets
  • Discuss procedures for successful immediate implant placements
  • Review key steps for surgical crown lengthening
  • Create best practices for soft tissue grafting

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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 | 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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Webinar | Adhesive Procedures in the General Practice

This webinar highlights how to use adhesive techniques in daily practice and what kind of material is best to achieve long term success for a single tooth restoration as well as complex cases.

During this webinar, you will recognize more situations where adhesive techniques can be utilized and realize the benefits for you and your patients. When to use a direct or indirect approach will also be discussed. Dr. Stankowska will show different, less invasive solutions than a crown for the common problem of large cavities. You will be motivated to do more minimally invasive dentistry and inspired by Dorota’s passion for dentistry.

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine the best materials for long term success
    Describe the best techniques for long term success
    Compare minimally invasive treatment with direct and indirect approaches
    Explain how to use adhesive techniques in front and back teeth
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