Dawson Academy – Aesthetic Foundations I – Restoring Anterior Teeth

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

This hands-on programme will teach each participant to perform anterior restorative procedures at the highest level. All direct and indirect options for the restoration of anterior teeth will be discussed in this programme.


Through lecture, patient video, and hands-on each participant will gain mastery with anterior direct resin veneers, stacked and pressed ceramic veneers, pressed ceramic crowns, anterior zirconia crowns and bridges, and porcelain fused to metal. You will learn which material should be considered for each individual patient circumstance. You will utilise digital photographs in conjunction with the mounted diagnostic models to visualise the necessary functional and aesthetic changes, and create a diagnostic wax-up. You will learn how to create preparation reduction guides, and provisional matrixes to guide them through the preparation appointment. Special emphasis will be placed on contouring the provisional restoration, and why this is key to long-term functional and aesthetic success. Finally, cementation and adhesive options will be understood and discussed in detail so that the proper delivery option is matched with each material.

Learning Objectives

  • Choose the correct vertical and horizontal incisal edge position for any maxillary aesthetic restoration that will be in harmony with aesthetics, phonetics and function.
  • Choose the correct mandibular incisal position and understand why this is the functional starting point and also one of the most critical decisions we make.
  • Fabricate preparation reduction guides to insure optimum reduction with every anterior preparation
  • Prepare teeth for a variety of materials when utilising veneers and crowns.
  • Compare how to easily fabricate exquisite provisional restorations for both veneers and crowns and how to contour them to insure optimum aesthetics, phonetics, and function.
  • Learn the key elements in laboratory communication to insure a predictable result.
  • Evaluate the options to manage the gummy smile: when a gingivectomy or osseous surgery is optimal when changing the free gingival margins, and how to perform these procedures.
  • Make optimal final impressions.
  • Choose the correct cement/adhesive for each material covered in the course.


Course dates in the UK

  • 12 September, 2019, The Dawson Academy UK, Wirral
  • 5 March, 2020, The Dawson Academy UK, Wirral
  • 17 September, 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