The second textbook by Peter E. Dawson, DDS, is now available for purchase on The Dawson Academy’s Web site. Functional Occlusion: From TMJ to Smile Design provides explanations of theory and technique, using an interdisciplinary approach to explain the origin of and possible solutions to many different occlusal problems.

Dawson debunks many popular misconceptions through practical discussion of their origins and the deficiencies of the arguments behind them. He presents different sides of many philosophies. Hundreds of full-color photographs, illustrations, and diagrams show aspects of the masticatory system, the epidemiology of occlusal problems, and procedures for finding the ideal occlusion.

The book also explains the following:

• The role of TMJs and occlusion in "everyday" dentistry;
• the role of occlusion in orofacial pain, TMD, and anterior esthetics;
• simplified occlusal equilibration and how to explain this process to patients;
• the functional matrix concept for exceptional, foolproof smile design; and
• the five options for occlusal correction and how to apply them to practice.

Functional Occlusion: From TMJ to Smile Design, published in 2006 by Elsevier, has sold more than 10,000 copies and is currently in its third printing. It has been translated into Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish.

For more information, contact The Dawson Academy.