dental continuing education

Sleep Disordered Breathing: Effects on Children’s Growth and Development

Thanks for all who attended our Watch It Wednesday free dental webinar! If you couldn’t make it, we invite you to watch the broadcast below. Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) is an epidemic, and it is imperative that dentists increase their knowledge and understanding of the significant links between breathing disorders and malocclusions in their patients. […]

Signs of Occlusal Instability Continued

Due to our recent blog on Signs of Occlusal Instability, we’ve received a great comment from one of our followers.  The reader asked for a more detailed discussion on checking the fremitus, including the differences between operator’s finger sensation or occlusal overload in the presence of bone resiliency and how it could vibrate the implant […]

From the Inbox of Dr. Peter Dawson

Dr. Dawson receives emails and letters from clinicians all over the world asking questions and looking for clarification on all matters of Functional Occlusion and challenges in dentistry. From: A Dentist in Canada Subject: Long Centric Explanation of “Long Centric” Assumption: Dawson centric relation is valid beyond a shadow of a doubt.  My 37 years of […]

18 Common Errors During the Dental Records Process

Can you imagine building an expensive home or a complicated remodeling project without accurate measurements or plans? Unfortunately everyday our dental laboratories are asked to fabricate restorations with inaccurate records.   I spoke with lab technician extraordinaire, Walt Richardson CDT from Bay View Dental Laboratory to add a labs perspective to my 34 years of […]

Dawson Quick Tips: Customizing The Envelope of Function

Hello, everybody. Welcome to Quick Tips. In this edition, we’re going to be talking about customizing your patient’s envelope of function, which is a very important part of getting the anterior guidance right for your patients. As you’re looking at the lingual contour of provisional restorations, hopefully you are developing lines on your provisionals that provide […]

Dawson Quick Tips: Choosing Restorative Materials

Hello everybody. For this quick tip, I want to talk a little bit about how we choose different restorative materials and align them with our patients. I want to share with you this grid that we came up with a number of years ago that assesses esthetic risk with functional risk.

Dentists: How to Effectively Equilibrate the Natural Dentition

Following proper diagnosis and treatment planning, occlusal equilibration can provide selected patients with the most conservative, predictable and safest treatment possible. Occlusal equilibration can often help avoid the need for more complex treatments. Dentists who have developed proficiency in equilibration universally agree it is one of the most practical skills they use routinely in practice.

Dawson Quick Tip: Would I Do It On Me?

WIDIOM is the Dawson Academy acronym for Would I Do It On Me. I think of it kind of like the modern-day golden rule. It’s how I live my life. It’s how I treat my patients. It’s how I treat my family. I think about every single thing that I do with the idea of, […]

Dawson Quick Tip: Identifying Specialty Patients

My quick tip today is on general versus specialty patients. A general patient is defined as… a patient where the size, contour, and position of the teeth are working for the patient. There’s no instability, no signs of wear, no discomfort. A specialty patient is… a patient where the size, contour, and position of the […]

Equilibration: Increasing Patient Satisfaction

Occlusal equilibration is a treatment modality that we can use to increase patient satisfaction and comfort. Prior to my training and education at The Dawson Academy, equilibration was the least understood and therefore the most underutilized procedure of all the things that I did.