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Webinar - Functional Occlusion: What You Didn't Learn in Dental School

Discover how to unlock practice, professional, and personal growth with us.

What were you trained to diagnose in dental school? The answer is simple...bacteria! But if you have been in practice for more than a few years you have realized most of your patient's problems are not bacteria. TMJ issues, parafunction, broken teeth, broken restorations, abfraction…none of these have anything to do with bacteria. However, they have everything to do with the predictability and profitability of your practice.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the occlusal warning signs that impact your profitability.
  • Examine the importance of properly diagnosing TMJ health.
  • Explain how co-diagnosis is critical for case acceptance


Leonard Hess, D.D.S. is a senior faculty member at The Dawson Academy, joining the faculty in 2009. He owns Union County Center for Comprehensive Dentistry in Charlotte, North Carolina, and he practices full time in addition to teaching continuing education courses all around the world.