Occlusion courses

For Lab Technicians

At The Dawson Academy, we place a high value on the Lab Technician since a dentist’s work is only as good as his technician’s skill. With this end in mind, we have customized a learning plan specifically tailored for Lab Technicians who work alongside Complete Care Dentists. Below is the recommended sequence of dental technician continuing education courses for Lab Technicians who enroll at The Dawson Academy.

To find out more about a certain course, simply click on the course name below. If you have any questions on specific aspects of the courses, or for a customized curriculum, please call 1.800.952.2178.

Functional Occlusion- From TMJ to Smile Design

This seminar is the recommended first step in The Dawson Academy dental continuing education seminars. Functional Occlusion from TMJ to Smile Design is your gateway to a proven path of clinical and professional excellence. As the foundational seminar in the “Concept of Complete Dentistry TM Series,” you will learn the timeless message that good, esthetic and complete dentistry must begin with a thorough understanding of occlusion and the functions of the masticatory system. The cornerstone of The Dawson Academy philosophy is a comprehensive understanding of how the TM joint, muscles, proprioceptive input, lower anterior teeth, upper anterior teeth, lower posterior teeth and upper posterior teeth are designed to function in harmony with one another.

Functional Occlusion – From TMJ to Smile Design and  Functional Occlusion, Lab Technicians are interchangeable.

Achieving Predictable Esthetic Results

This restorative dentistry course will provide the students with the procedural knowledge to do contemporary restorative procedures at the highest level. This dental continuing education seminar will leave each student with a clear understanding of the four options of treatment: Reshaping, Repositioning, Restoring and Surgical alternatives.


Advanced Problem Solving

This dental course will provide the participant with the necessary information to solve complex dental problems. A programmed approach to treatment planning will be presented so that each student will learn how to solve the 4 functional and 12 esthetic goals when given any set of circumstances. Extreme occlusal wear, anterior open bites, deep overbites, extreme overjet and Class III malocclusions will be discussed. Neutral zone and vertical dimension will be covered in detail as it pertains to the treatment of the above problems.

* An individual course which displays the AACD Portions Recommended Private Education Course logo may prove helpful toward attaining the Accreditation credential of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry®.For additional information, contact the AACD at (800-5439220) or www.aacd.com.