Dawson Academy – The Art and Science of Equilibration

Core Curriculum for Dentists

The Dawson Academy UK provides advanced postgraduate dental education and is led by Senior Faculty Member of The Dawson Academy, Dr Ian Buckle. With a teaching staff of over 20 practicing dentists from around the world, our students receive a unique one to one experience and learn from the successes and mistakes our faculty have made on their own journeys to providing complete care to their patients.

The courses in our Core Curriculum will not only teach you how to become a physician of the masticatory system but will provide you with a checklist style approach to dentistry that will show you the path to long term success for any case. We utilise state of the art, hands-on learning techniques to ensure students can implement the concepts and skills in their practices immediately.

We recommend first completing ”Examination and Records” and ”Treatment Planning Functional Aesthetic Excellence” in any order.

Afterwards we recommend doing ”The Art and Science of Equilibration” and ”Aesthetic Foundations I – Restoring Anterior Teeth” in any order.


Course Description

Equilibration is a simple but often misunderstood concept that is the cornerstone to truly minimally invasive dentistry. As a participant, you will discover the importance of the trial equilibration and be given the opportunity to adjust several different case types to insure your complete understanding of the material presented. 


Through lecture and hands-on you will learn the principles of equilibration, how to perform a trial equilibration and how to equilibrate a full coverage splint. We will cover how to equilibrate provisional restorations to fulfil our occlusal goals as well as how to equilibrate the natural dentition. Finally we will discuss when equilibration is the best option and when it should not be used.

Learning Objectives

  • Design a stable, minimal stress occlusion (lines on the front, dots on the back).
  • Recognise when to equilibrate your patient, and when other options should be considered.
  • Identify how to schedule the equilibration appointment.
  • Choose appropriate articulation paper to mark each type of occlusal interference.
  • Assess when an occlusal splint should be considered prior to reshaping, repositioning or restoring.
  • Evaluate how to efficiently equilibrate the natural dentition.
  • Select, train and work with a dental assistant to efficiently adjust an occlusal splint and/or equilibrate the dentition.
  • Verify when to use a full arch occlusal splint, and when to use an anterior deprogramming appliance.


Course dates in the UK

  • 16 January, 2020, The Dawson Academy UK, Wirral
  • 25 June, 2020, The Dawson Academy UK, Wirral

Read more and register for the course in Wirral, UK here - sign up for the course in Scandinavia below