Global Diagnosis

Thursday January 8, 2015 (Pre-registration closes Wednesday January 5, 2014 )

Location: Mary Riempa Ross Theater, Lincoln
Speaker: Dr. J. William Robbins, DDS, MARegister Online
Credits: 6 CE hrs.
Registration: 7:45am
Course: 8:15am-4:00pm
Course Fee: 
$185.00 Dental Professionals ($160 if also attending What’s New)
$105.00 Dental Auxiliary ($85 if also attending What’s New)
(2 additional auxiliaries at $55 after 1 DDS & 1 Auxiliary register from same office)

Lunch is not included.

Course ID:
DENT140023 Dental Professionals
DENT140024 Dental Auxiliary


J. William Robbins, D.D.S., M.A., maintains a full-time private practice and is Clinical Professor in the Department of Comprehensive 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 in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa.  He coauthored a textbook, Fundamentals of Operative Dentistry – A Contemporary Approach, which is published by Quintessence, and is in its 4rd edition. He has won several awards including the Presidential Teaching Award at the University Of Texas Health Science Center, the 2002 Texas Dentist of the Year Award, the 2003 Honorary Thaddeus V. Weclew Fellowship Award from the Academy of General Dentistry, and the 2010 Saul Schluger Award given by the Seattle Study Club. He is a diplomat of the Federal Services Board of General Dentistry and the American Board of General Dentistry. He is past president of the American Board of General Dentistry, the Academy of Operative Dentistry, the Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry, and is currently president of the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry. He is a member of several organizations including the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry, the Southwest Academy of Restorative Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry, and the Academy of Operative Dentistry.

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

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, 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. 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.

  • Global Diagnosis
    • Diagnoses
    •      Short or Hyperactive Maxillary Lip

           Altered Passive Eruption

           Dentoalveolar Extrusion

           Skeletal Deficiency


  • Communication with specialists
  • Principles of Esthetics
  • A systematic approach to facial, esthetic, and functional diagnoses 

Objectives: Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  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

Method of teaching: Lecture/discussion

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry Office of Continuing Education is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

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The College is a member of the American Dental Education Association and the Association for Continuing Dental Education.  Academy of General Dentistry credit is available, provider #0077.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry Office of Continuing Education designates this activity for 6 continuing education credits.