Treatment Planning The Worn Dentition

Description: The aging baby boomer population presents itself with many unique challenges. Unlike their parents they expect to keep their teeth in health and function for their entire life. They also will be living longer in a world with increased stresses, making occlusal wear/occlusal disease one of the greatest threats to their dentition. This same group of people are also spending billions of dollars to stay healthy and look their very best. Being able to design comprehensive treatment plans that will address occlusal, aesthetic, and biologic issues along with the correct material selection will be essential to the successful restorative practice.

Dr. John Cranham presents his unique hands on workshop to learn from actual cases how and why to develop a treatment plan that will meet and exceed the expectations of the patient and the dental team. You will work through actual cases restored by Dr. Cranham, to learn a predictable approach to complex treatment planning.

In this program you will learn:

  • A step-by-step programmed approach to optimum treatment planning
  • What essential data you will need to gather to comprehensively diagnosis and plan a complex wear case.
  • How and when to safely open the vertical dimension of occlusion.
  • When and what kind of occlusal splint may be needed prior to and after treating the patient.
  • How to design a stable, minimal stress occlusion.
  • Why photography plays an important role in case analysis.
  • How to evaluate the TM Joints to be sure they are healthy prior to restoration.
  • How to work with specialists in extremely complex cases when interdisciplinary treatment is required.
  • How to choose the correct restorative material to solve functional and aesthetic problems.

The Cosmetic-Occlusal Connection

Description: This program is designed to help the general practitioner take his or her dentistry to the next level. While many courses focus on the procedural aspect of dental treatment only, this seminar will help you visualize optimum dentistry from an aesthetic and functional perspective. Through Powerpoint and live video demonstration each participant will learn to apply the principles learned in the Dawson Center’s Concept of Complete Dentistry series and to map out and sequence an appropriate course of treatment. Communication skills and scheduling techniques will also be reviewed in detail to increase your case acceptance rate, and get you doing more of the dentistry you would like to do! You will also learn to sequence cases optimally, when the patient’s finances become an obstacle to optimum care. This course is a must for the Dentist who would like to do more elective esthetic, and advanced restorative cases.

In this program you will learn:

  • How to use digital photography to visualize optimum dentistry.
  • How to choose the correct incisal edge position in any cosmetic/aesthetic case.
  • How to select the best camera system that will best fit your practice.
  • How to know when veneers, all ceramic crowns or metal ceramic crown restorations are the right choice for your patient.
  • When and how you can perform laser gingival recontouring, and when boney surgery is required.
  • To understand the components and proper function of the gnathostomatic system.
  • How to visualize and design an ideal occlusal scheme for each patient.
  • To understand the various “treatment positions” and how to choose the best one for each patient.
  • The necessary records needed to work up a case for ideal esthetics & function.
  • To use and evaluate the latest technology for occlusal evaluation and restorative treatment.
  • How and when to safely open the vertical dimension of occlusion.
  • How to fabricate exquisite, long lasting provisional restorations, and why this is the most important step in the restorative process!
  • How to get your patients to see the opportunities and benefits to long term, optimum dental care, and how to get them to YES.
  • How to convert a traditional general practice to one that is thriving with elective esthetic and advanced restorative cases!

Building, Marketing and Managing the Cosmetic/Restorative Practice

Since the mid 1990s more and more people have sought out the Dentist for elective cosmetic solutions. The esthetic revolution is now in full swing, and as diseased based dentistry continues to decline, successful dental teams have embraced elective dental care, and are seeing it make dramatic differences in patient’s lives. Additionally, the baby boomer population is driving the current marketplace. Unlike their parents they expect to keep their teeth for a lifetime, and yet will be living longer then any other generation in history. Having a thorough understanding of esthetics, occlusion, the use of the latest restorative materials, as well as the behavioral understanding of this population is critical for success.

This presentation is a must for the dental team who is ready to go to the next level. The changes in the marketplace require us to communicate with our patients differently. It requires us to learn new procedures, learn to work with new materials, and have a higher level of communication with the dental laboratory. But mostly, it requires all members of the dental team to be aware of these new exciting times, and have the tools to build the practice of our dreams.

In this program you will learn:

  • How to ask the proper questions at the new patient examination, so that you will connect with the wants and needs of the patient.
  • How to recognize the flaw in any smile-12 steps to a beautiful smile.
  • How to use digital photography for codiagnosis, and practice growth.
  • How to do a TMJ-Occlusal screening examination.
  • How to properly schedule the new patient, and how to orchestrate this appointment so that you can gather the esthetic, occlusal, biologic and additional clinical information.
  • How to set up your schedule for maximum quality, efficiency and production.
  • How to professionally market yourself internally and externally.
  • How to manage the team to create the synergy necessary to meet and exceed your goals.

Advanced Aesthetic Excellence

(one-two day: hands-on)

Description: This fast paced multimedia presentation is designed to give the dental team the latest information on state of the art cosmetic-aesthetic procedures The 12 essential ingredients to a beautiful smile will be the cornerstone of this presentation. Diagnostic tools will be reviewed in detail, looking at the advantages and disadvantages, digital photography, digital imaging, and mounted diagnostic study models. This section will conclude with the factors involved with correct restoration selection for anterior reconstruction. The contact lens (stacked porcelain) veneer, pressed ceramic veneers, stacked porcelain crowns, pressed ceramic crowns, CAD milled systems, and contemporary metal ceramic systems will be investigated in great detail. Procedural skills on preparation, creating beautiful provisionals, and a step-by-step technique for predictable will be learned.

In this program you will learn:

  • How to predictably choose the correct length for optimum Aesthetics.
  • How to predictable choose the correct length for optimum function.
  • When porcelain veneers are the right restorations, and when they are not!
  • How to set up the gingival plane, for ideal aesthetics.
  • When electrosurgery, laser, or osseous surgery is appropriate to reposition the gingival.
  • How to prepare teeth for contact lens & pressed ceramic veneers.
  • When breaking contact is necessary, and when you should leave the interproximal tooth structure intact.
  • The best method of retraction for the optimum final impression.
  • How to take an ideal final impression of the very first try.
  • How to take the appropriate bite registrations, to mount the provisional and master casts.
  • The best method of articulation in cosmetic-aesthetic dentistry.
  • How to fabricate beautiful provisional veneers.
  • How to use these provisional restorations to communicate aesthetic & functional goals to the lab; and why this is will add unbelievable predictability to the end result.
  • To evaluate the different bonding systems available, and choose the right one for your all ceramic restorations.
  • An efficient, predictable way to bond multiple veneers at a time, with minimal clean up.

Occlusion for the Aesthetic Restorative Practice

Description: This course will provide the Dental Team with the necessary Occlusal information to perform complex cosmetic and restorative procedures at a very high level. Each participant will learn the anatomy and physiology of the gnathostomatic system and how to predictably design a stable, minimal stress occlusion. This course will focus on predictably restoring the patient with wear, sore muscles (headaches), and diagnosing patients that may a have problem with The TM Joints.

In this program you will learn:

  • The anatomy & physiology of the TM joint, muscles, teeth…the science behind a stable occlusion!
  • How to do a 10 minute TMJ-Occlusal screening examination.
  • To understand the components and proper function of the gnathostomatic system.
  • How to visualize and design an ideal occlusal scheme for each patient.
  • To understand the various “treatment positions” and how to choose the best one for each patient.
  • The necessary records needed to work up a case for ideal esthetics & function.
  • To use and evaluate the latest technology for occlusal evaluation and restorative treatment.
  • How to schedule & delegate the records gathering process.
  • How and when to safely open the vertical dimension of occlusion.
  • How to fabricate exquisite, long lasting provisional restorations, and why this is the most important step in the restorative process!
  • How to find, verify and record Centric Relation.
  • When to use a treatment position other than maximum intercuspation.
  • How to restore the worn dentition.
  • How to know when veneers, all ceramic crowns or metal ceramic crown restorations are the right choice for your patient.
  • How the TSCAN and other computer based diagnostic equipment is used to help with case management.
  • How to choose the correct incisal edge position in any cosmetic/aesthetic case.
  • A step-by-step process to case planning.
  • How to get your patients to see the opportunities and benefits to long term, optimum dental care, and how to get them to YES.
  • The New Patient Process & Scheduling for Success.
  • How to convert a traditional general practice to one that is thriving with elective esthetic and advanced restorative cases!

Customized Programs for Study Clubs

Individual study groups have individual interests and needs. This unique offering allows you to customize a program for your study group. You can combine a clinical, motivational and/or management lecture with a hands on component at any level.

For example, The Great Plains Seattle Study Club had an interest in a “records” course to teach the group how to take face bows and mount the study models on an articulator, plus learn the basic information on occlusion. This request turned in to a 3-hour evening lecture and a half-day demonstration/hands on workshop the next morning.

It’s exactly what they wanted and they were thrilled with the results. Contact us today to learn more about customizing a program for your study group.

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