The Dawson Academy, St Petersburg, Fla, introduces a new course focused on teaching students how to integrate a comprehensive treatment planning process into their practice.
The 2 1/2-day hands-on course, "Treatment Planning Functional Esthetic Excellence," will be given by John Cranham, DDS, and Glenn DuPont, DDS. The course will be taught at the Mid-Atlantic Center in Chesapeake, Va, on September 8–10, November 13–15, and November 20–22. The course will also be offered at The Dawson Academy on September 18–20, October 1–3, and October 22–24.

The hands-on course is part of The Dawson Academy’s Core Curriculum and is limited to 20 dentists and/or specialists. The fee is $3,400 per student, and each student will receive 20 continuing education credits after completing the course. Prior to taking this course, students are strongly recommended to take The Academy’s "Functional Occlusion: From TMJ to Smile Design" or "Achieving Predictable Esthetic Results."
Using the standardized records taught in the lecture course, "Functional Occlusion: From TMJ to Smile Design," each dentist will learn how to visualize optimum dentistry from an aesthetic, functional, biological, and structural perspective. Special emphasis will be placed on the four options of treatment (reshaping, repositioning, restoring, and surgical correction). Additionally, each student will learn how to segment large treatment plans, so that patients with financial issues can receive optimum care over time. A consultation process will be discussed in detail, designed to help participants achieve a healthy care acceptance rate.