Facially Generated Treatment Planning
Course ObjectivesWhat every dentist does at the chair on a daily basis is dependent upon their ability to diagnose, treatment plan, and present treatment. Yet, for the most part, dental school teaches a system of treatment planning with almost no emphasis on occlusion or esthetics.
Today, practitioners recognize that both of these areas are major concerns for many of their patients. The lack of knowing what to do means a large number of patients who would benefit from treatment aren't presented with a plan because of the clinician's lack of awareness or confidence.
This course will completely change your understanding of the relationships between esthetics and occlusion, while providing you with a step-by-step system of planning that can be used on any patient. In addition, the concepts of how to present your findings to the patient are covered in detail.
- Learn which photographs are necessary for patient education, comprehensive treatment planning and lab communication, and practice them on a partner with hands-on guidance. Also, learn how to set up a digital camera, and how to use computer templates to quickly educate your patients.
- Fabricate a customized anterior guide table on a semi-adjustable articulator for a patient with worn anteriors, and learn how it can be used in developing the functional part of the treatment plan
- Get hands-on treatment-planning experience all three days using Spear faculty cases, including patients with wear and a gummy smile, wear and a deep overbite, and wear and a potential alteration of vertical dimension. In addition, each student may bring a case from their practice to treatment plan.
Participants Will Learn:
- The key steps in treatment planning and why it is important that they be completed in a specific order to prevent getting lost or confused by the plan
- Why treatment planning and treatment sequencing must be separated into two processes to come up with a plan that integrates esthetics and occlusion
- To develop a treatment plan that optimizes esthetics while also providing optimal function, even in patients with difficult wear problems
- How to assess and correct esthetic problems of tooth position, gingival levels, and papilla height/contact length
- The common patterns of tooth position changes with tooth wear, how they affect occlusion and esthetics, and how to correct them
- The key elements to evaluate in the esthetic zone to produce an optimal result when considering tooth replacement
- A four-part process for discussing the critical points of your findings with your patient
- When and how phasing can be done to help patients who cannot financially manage a large or complex case, but have the desire to do so
- How to communicate with specialists and use interdisciplinary care in managing the esthetics, occlusion and tooth replacement for complex patients