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Discover how to combine the fundamentals of functional occlusion to yield predictable esthetic dentistry that places practices within the top percentiles in their communities. You will understand the protocols for success following our founding occlusal principles with added focus on digital workflows and practice implementation in this course. Students will be given practical advice on becoming less insurance dependent to boost their bottom line. Register now!

Course Description

In this new 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, you 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-led course includes patient communication, case acceptance, converting to a fee-for-service model, and more.

Our timeless principles remain the foundation of quality care dentistry. True long-term success, otherwise known as predictability, in restorative care is the merger of esthetic, 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. Since 1979, we’ve been setting the bar to help dentists understand this intersection of function and esthetics.

Examples will be presented for both analog and digital workflows–with bonus content catered to implementation and business management. Students 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.

Join us for the most comprehensive introductory seminar we’ve ever offered: Functional Occlusion – Protocols to Put Your Practice in the Top 10% .

Learning Objectives

  • 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

Course Details (In-Person)

Seminar Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT

Tuition: $1995

CE Credits: 16

CE Codes: #180(4L), #490(2L), #550(2L), #730(7L) and #780(1L)

Speaker: Dr. Leonard Hess, Clinical Director

Target Audience: General Dentists, Specialists, Lab Technicians

Recommended Prerequisites: None

Online Format – Timeless Bundle

This collection includes access to the following courses:

  1. Functional Occlusion – From TMJ to Smile Design: Online Course with Dr. Peter Dawson
  2. Functional Occlusion – Protocols to Put Your Practice in the Top 10%: Live Stream Seminar broadcast on May 6 & 7, 2022, with Drs. Leonard Hess


Students will receive a comprehensive implementation plan so they can reference and take it to practice immediately.

  • Complete Examination Form
  • Photographic Full Series Checklist
  • Bimanual Manipulation Checklist
  • Functional-Esthetic Analysis Checklist
  • Treatment Sequencing Checklist
  • 10-Step 3D Treatment Planning Checklist
  • Provisional Checklist
  • Lab Communication Checklist
  • Free Post-Course Virtual Study Session with Faculty


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