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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 A. Hess, DDS is the Clinical Director at The Dawson Academy and joined the faculty in 2009. He owns Union County Center for Comprehensive Dentistry in Charlotte, North Carolina, and practices full time in addition to teaching continuing education courses. He is a member of the editorial board for Inside Dentistry and has had over 17 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. He is also a member of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, AACD, ADA, AES, and NCDS. Dr. Hess began teaching continuing education courses in 2005 on topics including occlusion, smile design, treatment planning, preparation design, and practice integration of Complete Care Dentistry. He’s taught full-day continuing education courses at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s national meeting, The Greater New York Dental Meeting, AACD National Meeting, Pacific Dental Conference, Ontario Dental Association meeting, and The Yankee Dental Conference. Dr. Hess has taught courses in Japan, Germany, Poland, China, and Canada.