Global Diagnosis

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About the Presenter

Dr. Robbins maintains a full-time private practice and is Clinical Professor in the Department of General Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. He graduated from the University of Tennessee Dental School in l973. He completed a rotating internship at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas and a 2-year General Practice Residency at the V.A. Hospital in San Diego, California. Dr. Robbins has published over 80 articles, abstracts, and chapters on a wide range of dental subjects and has lectured nationally and internationally. He coauthored a textbook, Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry – A Contemporary Approach (Quintessence) that is in its 3rd edition. He has won several awards including the Presidential Teaching Award at the UTHSCSA, the 2002 Texas Dentist of the Year Award, and the 2003 Honorary Thaddeus V. Weclew Fellowship Award from the Academy of General Dentistry.

He is a diplomate of the Federal Services Board of General Dentistry and the American Board of General Dentistry and is a past president of the American Board of General Dentistry. He is a member of several organizations including the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, ADA, American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, and Academy of Operative Dentistry in which he served as President in 2009-10.

A New Vision of Dental Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

  • January 7, 2011
  • 8:00am - Noon
  • Location: Memphis
  • credit: 4 hours
  • Course Presenters: J. William Robbins, DDS, MA
  • Course Registration Form

Cost and Location Specifics

$129 per Dentist and $99 per Auxiliary / Registration at the door is an additional $25. Morning coffee will be provided. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Campus. Humphreys General Education Building located on the corner of Dunlap & Madison. Please park in the garage located at 869 Madison. Parking is $5 per day.

Course Description

With the increased emphasis on interdisciplinary treatment in recent years, the deficiencies associated with traditional methods of diagnosis and treatment planning have become more evident and problematic. Historically, the treatment plan was primarily dictated by information provided by study casts which were mounted on a sophisticated articulator in centric relation.

At that time in history, the primary tools available for treating the complex restorative patient were functional crown lengthening surgery and increasing the vertical dimension of occlusion. The treatment plan was simply based on restorative space, anterior tooth coupling and resistance and retention form of the final preparations, with no focus on placing the teeth in the correct position in the face. Practitioners did not have access to advanced periodontal, orthodontic and orthognathic surgical tools that are currently available. With the advent and common usage of these new treatment modalities, the historical method of diagnosis and treatment planning is no longer adequately serving our profession. It is the purpose of this course to provide a systematic approach to diagnosis and treatment planning with a common language that may be used by the orthodontist, periodontist, and oral and maxillofacial surgeon, as well as the restorative dentist.

The University of Tennessee College of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The University of Tennessee designates this activity for 4 hours continuing education credits.