Dr. Jaksa was listed in Consumer’s Research Council of America for “America’s Top Dentists of 2015″!
Thank you for being a dedicated doctor. I know I am getting the best of care. May you have many moments to celebrate in this new year!
Reflecting back on 2014 makes me smile proudly!
I have been on a journey to correct my bite with ortho and a full mouth rehabilitation with crowns. There were several steps with a significant time and money commitment. I am absolutely thrilled with the results, and as I reflect, feel this is one of the best things I have done for myself. My teeth look natural and I love the bite. Dr. Jaksa and his team worked closely with me the entire way, laying out a plan step by step to completion. I have been Dr. Jaksa’s patient for approximately 25 years. He exhibits passion and a superior knowledge in his field along with a commitment to his patients providing the caring atmosphere that is appreciated.
Hats off to Dr. Jaksa and his team!
You guys are simply the best!
Based on the clinical findings and the symptoms, dentists can create many different types of appliances to improve bite, giving the lower jaw the ability to fall correctly into the socket of the temporomandibular joint. A TMJ splint or mouth guard can be worn, which helps reduce any stress placed on the jaw and allows the muscles to move easily. Splints and mouth guards also help to relieve pain as they help to reposition the lower jaw so it rests into the socket correctly.
Dr Jaksa and his staff are amazing! My Husband and I have both been patients at Lake Area Dental for years. We both have had significant work done and it is always done to perfection, with care and a sense of humor when needed. Great team!!
Check out the gallery page to see new cosmetic cases that have recently been completed
Dear Dr. Jaksa,
All of us at the Dawson Academy are proud to have you as an Alumni Associate.
Your participation in the curriculum at The Dawson Academy is a testimonial to your dedication to treat your patients at the highest level of quality care. As you know, my personal passion has been to provide the necessary educational opportunities to dentists who feel “usual and customary” dentistry is not good enough for their patients.
You have shown a desire to serve your patients with uncompromising integrity and that makes me grateful for your interest in the concept of complete dentistry that enables you to provide the level of care that every patient is entitled to.
The entire faculty and staff join me in wishing you success and happiness in your continued quest for excellence.
Warm personal regards,
Pete Dawson, DDS
The Founder of the The Dawson Academy
Quoted from The Dawson Academy…..
A Dawson dentist is one who has dedicated many hours of postgraduate education to learn how to care for patients at the highest ethical and professional level. A primary principle of Dawson dentistry is to do what is necessary to achieve long-term maintainable health and comfort as well as the creation and maintenance of a beautiful, natural smile. Dawson dentists are trained to use the WIDIOM rule which means” would I do it on me ?” this concept requires careful examination and treatment planning designed to help patients understand every problem so priorities of treatment can be put into proper perspective. Over-treatment is never acceptable and hurried, incomplete examinations or ineffective treatment planning too often results in dissatisfaction. With proper treatment planning, patients can know in advance everything needed to make a good decision about their dental treatment and to make choices when options for treatment can be safely made.
Dawson dentists are trained in an analysis of bite problems and related disorders of the TMJ’s (jaw joints ). The goal is always a completely comfortable bite and a peaceful neuromuscular system. Dawson dentists pride themselves on being physicians of the total masticatory system so, as such, they are often considered the” go to” dentist who can solve problems of comfort or function that are above the level of usual and customary services.
Through the Dawson Academy, a provider of dental courses, Dawson dentists continually update their knowledge of the latest materials and methods so they are able to provide the finest in smile design that can stand the long test of time. There is no more beautiful smile than one that is in harmony with the anatomy and contour of the individual face. Dawson dentistry provides the most natural beauty available for dental restorations.
By Scott W. Finlay, DDS, FAGD, FAACD
Cosmetic Dentistry relates to those procedures and techniques that manage the appearance, function and health of an individual’s smile.
The ancient Greeks taught us centuries ago that the foundation of aesthetics is essentially a reflection of the relative health of any system. If it is healthy in form and function, it will probably be deemed aesthetic. However, if there are issues that affect the visual appearance of a person’s smile to cause us to view it as unaesthetic, then there are probably reasons related to function and health that have gone awry. Those elements that caused the smile to deteriorate in the first place will still be at work until those elements are corrected.
In the simplest sense, the hope would be that every dentist would be a cosmetic dentist. After all, the ultimate goal in dentistry is to make teeth look and function like teeth. The reality is however, that some dentists have had more training than others focusing on those criteria related to the health, function and appearance of the smile.
As with all professions, the journey to become proficient in one’s field requires a lifetime of learning. In dentistry this learning continues from the day the dentist begins his or her practice until the day they retire. Materials, procedures and knowledge evolve everyday. It is the responsibility of the dentist as an advocate for the dental health of their patients to separate the hype from reality and seek those advances that will result in the absolute best esthetics possible.
The United States is undisputedly the leader in dental esthetics. Dentists from all over the world have the opportunity to seek post-graduate continuing education related to esthetics at centers that offer lecture and hands-on programs from coast to coast. Those continuing education centers, such as The Dawson Acdaemy, focus on a comprehensive vision of esthetics/function without the influence of hype and marketing.
The Dawson Academy is among centers that represent the respected mainstream of literature-based instruction for the practice of quality care today. There are many other centers that offer advanced dental education as well related to dental esthetics.
The goal of a Dawson Dentist is to have the smile you desire the first time it is done. Improper care can result in:
• Bulky unnatural appearing restorations Tissue (gums) that bleed and are infected • Restorations that break or fall off • Restorations that are in the wrong position Restorations that are too big that they affect speech Restoration that give the appearance of “bucked teeth” • Restorations that are monochromatic (one shade) that don’t reflect what we would normally see in nature
Proper care can involve a significant investment. Veneers or crowns delivered by a qualified provider can range from $1,500 – $2,500 per tooth depending upon the local and economic conditions and the experience of the restorative dentist. Finding the right dentist is the beginning of a long-term relationship to help insure the health of your smile. Cost and insurance coverage can often be a limiting factor, but always keep in mind that having something done twice, because it didn’t meet expectations the first time is always far more expensive, often yielding a compromised result.
Some practices tout themselves as a destination practice for cosmetic dental care. These are practices that offer cosmetic treatment without providing maintenance and recurring care or periodic check ups after treatment is completed. They provide the restorative care and you return to your “regular dentist” for “cleaning visits”. This is a concern. Ideally, you want the dentist that completed your care and has been intimately involved in what was done, to monitor and help maintain the result. It is beneficial to find a professional, if possible, within a reasonable distance that you will be willing to travel to on an ongoing basis for maintenance and evaluation.
In the end, you want to put yourself in the hands of a team of providers that has the training, credentials, experience and tenure to meet your needs. Allow the dentist to design a plan that is best for you. It often will involve a variety of techniques and procedures that will produce the most conservative, predictable and durable result possible.