Global Diagnosis – A New Vision of Dental Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

Dr. J. William Robbins maintains a full-time private practice and is an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. A 1973 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, he completed a rotating internship at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas and a 2-year GPR at the V.A. Hospital in San Diego, CA. Dr. Robbins lectures nationally and internationally and has published over 80 articles, abstracts, and chapters on a wide range of dental subjects. He co-authored Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry – A Contemporary Approach, a textbook in its 4th edition, and he recently co-authored a new textbook, Global Diagnosis – A New Vision of Dental Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, both published by Quintessence.

Dr. Robbins has won numerous industry awards including the 2016 Academy of Operative Dentistry Award of Excellence. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of General Dentistry, and he is Past President of the American Board of General Dentistry, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry, and the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry.

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. Practitioners did not have access to advanced periodontal, orthodontic, orthognathic surgery and plastic surgery 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 the complex interdisciplinary dental patient with a common language that may be used by the orthodontist, periodontist, and oral and maxillofacial surgeon, as well as the restorative dentist. The four Global Diagnoses which dictate all interdisciplinary treatment planning will be defined, and a set of questions will then be presented which will aid the interdisciplinary team in the diagnosis and treatment planning of the complex dental patient.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe 4 Global Diagnoses
2. Describe the “5 CORE Questions” with their corresponding treatment options
3. Complete a Global diagnosis form which will lead to a comprehensive diagnosis
4. Communicate with the interdisciplinary team

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