Essentials 3

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As you progress through the Essentials Series, Essentials Three shifts the educational spotlight to the realm of Complex Restorative Dentistry. Understanding the fundamental principle that “form follows function” becomes paramount in seamlessly integrating aesthetic appeal with functional reliability. E3 marks the phase where we intricately piece together the form and function elements of the dental puzzle.

Throughout this course, you’ll discover how to harmonize anterior and posterior occlusal determinants with aesthetic considerations, culminating in a cohesive and visually pleasing outcome. You’ll gain invaluable insights into appropriate restorative sequencing and receive comprehensive guidance on restorative treatment planning and procedures, ensuring meticulous execution at every step.

But Essentials Three isn’t just about clinical expertise—it’s about elevating your practice holistically. By blending philosophy, financial management, and behavioral skills seamlessly into your everyday practice, you’ll ascend to new levels of effectiveness and profitability. Prepare to embark on a journey of transformation, where excellence in dentistry converges with strategic practice management, setting the stage for unprecedented success in your professional endeavors.

Seminars & Clinical Exercises

  • Comprehensive delivery of care—Setting your practice apart
  • What constitutes an aesthetic smile?
  • Rules for aesthetic design
  • Acquiring the records necessary to treatment plan for form and function
  • Understanding the CR record, facebow, arc of closure and arc of rotation
  • Why and how to use a semi-adjustable articulator
  • Understanding the determinants of occlusion, anterior guidance and “the three things” that ensure success
  • Gaining confidence in equilibration skills and knowing when joint stability is achieved
  • Predictable preparation design that honors form, function, and biology
  • Fabrication of beautiful provisional restorations that can serve as templates for final restorations
  • Improving lab communication and understanding lab indexes
  • The importance of the “envelope of parafunction” in predictability
  • Understanding the renowned L. D. Pankey philosophy of practice and the value of practicing according to a relationship-based philosophy of behavioral and technical excellence
  • Envisioning a plan for implementing philosophical concepts in your special practice
  • Financial tools for practice and personal financial freedom


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The L. D. Pankey Dental Foundation, aka The Pankey Institute is a nonprofit corporation organized and chartered in the State of Florida that accepts all registrants regardless of age, race, sex, creed, national or ethnic origin, and it does not discriminate on any such basis with respect to its activities, programs and policies. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll free (800-435-7352). Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state.