Florida Dental Convention

FDC2023 Session Directory

Functional Occlusion – Protocols to Put Your Practice in the Top 10% (Thurs. & Fri.)

Course Code: C01A
Speaker: Dr. Leonard Hess, DDS, PA
CE Hours: 8.00
Start: Thursday, June 29, 2023, 8:00 AM
End: Thursday, June 29, 2023, 5:00 PM
Audience: Dentists, Laboratory Technician


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The Dawson Academy’s timeless principles remain the foundation of quality care dentistry. True long-term success, otherwise known as predictability, in restorative care is the merger of aesthetic, functional and phonetic parameters. The foundation of The Dawson Academy’s philosophy is a complete understanding of how the TM joints, muscles, proprioceptive input, lower anterior teeth, upper anterior teeth, lower posterior teeth and upper posterior teeth are designed to function in harmony with one another. In this course, a sharpened eye has been placed on The Dawson Academy’s Concepts of Complete Dentistry and how to implement this knowledge into your practice after attending. With a collection of take-home resources and checklists, attendees will learn the requirements for occlusal stability to improve your practice–from examination and records to treatment planning to practice management–as you envision yourself in the top 10%.

Added material in this occlusion-focused course includes patient communication, case acceptance, converting to a fee-for-service model and more. Examples will be presented for both analog and digital workflows–with bonus content catered to implementation and business management. Attendees will understand how integrity and fulfillment are intertwined to create the most efficient and predictable outcomes and results. This course will give you an insight and understanding that will change not only how you practice and manage, but your enjoyment of practice as well. A one-hour break for lunch will be provided each day of this course.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • visualize the journey from an insurance-focused level of care to a patient-focused, health-oriented model.
  • discover why the most productive practices only need 10-12 new patients per month.
  • convert the dental practice to fee-for-service with ease and predictability.
  • motivate patients towards a higher level of health to ethically boost productivity per hour.
  • identify the 11 factors critical to a stable occlusion resulting in the long-term success of general and cosmetic cases.
  • gain confidence in diagnosing TMD-related issues and how to provide appropriate, successful orthotic/splint therapy.
  • understand the treatment planning relationship between the face, airway, and bite and how to identify, prior to treatment, which patients pose a risk of future instability.
  • eliminate porcelain chips and breakage, and uncover how these issues can erode profitability more than dentists realize.
  • determine tooth positioning for orthodontics, veneers, crowns, or implant-supported restorations
  • utilize checklists for functional-esthetic analysis and treatment planning.
  • define a thorough examination process and how to implement in practice by employing diagnostic records for complete diagnosis and treatment planning.
  • recognize how designing a stable, minimal-stress occlusion on teeth or implants saves time, increases profitability, and reduces stress.

Speaker: Dr. Leonard Hess, DDS, PA

About the speaker: Dental degree, Northwestern University Dental School; clinical director, The Dawson Academy; member, Inside Dentistry editorial board; private practice, Charlotte, NC.

Disclosure: I or members of my immediate family have a financial relationship with The Dawson Academy that may be relevant to this presentation.

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