The Dawson Academy: Mastering Interdisciplinary Treatment

Oct 2-4, 2014

There is nothing more rewarding in the practice of dentistry than working with a team of like-minded dental professionals to solve complex functional/esthetic problems. This hands-on dental continuing education course will provide a unique opportunity for Restorative Dentists to bring their Orthodontist, Periodontist and Oral Surgeon together for a learning retreat. Dr. John Cranham’s Interdisciplinary Team (Albert Konikoff DDS-Periodontist, Carl Roy DDS-Orthodontist and Mike Maugeri-Oral Surgeon) will share their expertise on how they created a shared philosophy of esthetics, dental occlusion, case planning, sequencing, and day-to-day communication. The use of power point, high-resolution video, and hands-on exercises will be utilized to illustrate the resolution of multiple complex cases. Actual case failures, an often over looked learning tool, will also be evaluated to determine what not to do when treating complex, interdisciplinary problems. Additionally each team will bring a case to diagnose, treatment plan and sequence. The primary goal of this course is for each attendee to leave with a clear understanding of the goals of the Dawson philosophy, and specifically their role on the interdisciplinary team. Don’t miss this opportunity to spend 3 great days immersed in education, fellowship and fun.

Learning Objectives

-The 16 steps to functional-esthetic excellence (the cornerstone of the Dawson philosophy).

-The role of centric relation, anterior guidance, and posterior disclusion in creating a dentition that will last a lifetime.

-The records necessary to diagnose and treatment plan complex functional esthetic problems.

-The best way to share records so that documentation is not duplicated, and the patient “feels” the exceptional care afforded by a network of like-minded professionals.

-The role of the Periodontist in creating optimum oral health as well as a harmonious gingival frame.

-When gingivectomy, osseous crown lengthening, sub-epithilial connective tissue grafting, alloderm, and other contemporary periodontal procedures should be considered in an optimum treatment plan. Special emphasis will be placed on the sequencing of these procedures within the context of restorative care.

-The importance of proper Occlusal Equilibration: who does it, when is it done, and why is it important?

-The role of the Orthodontist on the Interdisciplinary Team, and why the relationship of the TM Joints to optimum tooth position is critical to the long term success of every case.

-How contemporary procedures including temporary anchorage devices (TADS), and dentoalveolar distraction osteogenesis, can tremendously improve the orthodontic outcome.

-The role the Oral Surgeon on the team. Special emphasis will be placed on the special relationship needed between the Orthodontist, and Oral Surgeon when orthognathic procedures will be necessary, and how to utilize contemporary software to visualize ideal orthodontic/orthognathic outcomes.

-The role of dental implants in today’s contemporary restorative practice. Special emphasis will be placed on the utilization of the dental laboratory in conjunction with cone beam computerized tomography to guide the optimum placement of the implants. Each participant will leave with a complete understanding of why optimum tooth position is of primary importance.

-How to sequence a multitude of restorative procedures in any interdisciplinary treatment plan.



Albert Konikoff
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Carl Roy
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Mike Maugeri
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