Digital Solutions for Complete Dentistry

Course Description

An organized and systematic approach is required to evaluate, diagnose and resolve esthetic/functional problems predictably. For many years we have understood an analogue workflow to this systemic approach. The digital world allows us to not only reproduce that system, but also to improve predictability, efficiency and productivity. During this course you learn a complete digital workflow from records to producing the final result.

This course will start with data collection for the complete patient, how to utilize that data to assemble the “Virtual Patient,” then move into the 2 dimensional smile design.

There are several two dimensional software products on the market that allow modifications to tooth shape and shade, but still require the interpretation from the technician to try and duplicate the smile depicted in the 2D flat image. Now we can move to the next level by importing these images directly into 3D CAD design software. In this software we can utilize the treatment options that we are familiar with (Reshape, Reposition, Restore, Reposition bone) to create a virtual diagnostic wax-up that will solve all the patient’s esthetic and functional problems.

This fully digital workflow allows the dental team and patient to preview the new smile, make revisions if necessary through the provisional restorations, and then recreate that exact smile and function in the final result.

Please note: The workflows and protocols demonstrated during this course utilize the 3Shape technology. Comparable products will be discussed, but not demonstrated or utilized during hands-on exercises.

Course Size: 12

Learning Objectives
  • Explain the advantages of a digital workflow for complete dentistry
  • Understand what digital data (records) is required for 2D and 3D digital treatment planning and how to collect that data
  • Learn how to communicate with a Digital Laboratory to make the complete dentistry process more efficient and predictable
  • Identify how to integrate Desktop/IOS scanning and CAD software options into the dental office
  • Review digital restorative options
  • Update on milling and 3D printing
Course Details

Target Audience: General Dentists, Dental Assistants, Lab Technicians

CE Credits: 18

CE Codes:  #180(12P), #180(6L)

Class Hours: Day 1 and 2 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Optional Dinner – The class typically goes to dinner together after class of Day 1. Spouses are welcome to join.

Tuition: $4,600

Instructors: Ian Buckle, BDS and Lee Culp, CDT

Prerequisite: Basic computer knowledge & skills required; Completion of Functional Occlusion – From TMJ to Smile Design recommended.

Course Dates & Locations

  1. October 11 - October 12

    Cary, NC (Sculpture Studios)

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Limited Spaces Available - Register By Phone

Limited spaces remaining. Contact The Dawson Academy by phone or email to inquire about registration availability.

Related Articles & Webinars

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Digital Dentistry Webinar

Digital Dentistry: Endless Possibilities

In this webinar, Dr. John Cranham discusses where these technologies fit into our treatment planning protocols: The Dawson Diagnostic Wizard, Digital Scanners, Cone Beam, and Virtual Articulation.

Our Faculty

Each faculty member is a leading practitioner who has implemented The Dawson Academy’s approach in their own practice, and bring that real world experience back to the classroom.

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Cancellation Policy:

Requests to cancel or transfer registration in a Dawson Academy course, lecture, or event will be accommodated until 60 DAYS PRIOR to start date. Upon request a refund will be provided minus a $100.00 non-refundable deposit, or a one-time course, lecture, or event transfer, which remains valid for 12 months. Less than 60 days prior to course, no refunds or transfers will be issued.

*Students who finance tuition through the Lending Club financing program are subject to special terms and conditions.

Please contact The Dawson Academy at 1.800.952.2178 for full details.


The Dawson Academy is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The Dawson Academy designates this activity for 18 credit hours continuing education credits.