The Ultimate Treatment Planning Course with Jason Smithson

Course summary

New for 2024 – a comprehensive treatment planning course comprising two modules over 6 days designed to train the delegate to communicate effectively with patients, carry out an effective clinical examination, photograph the case and create a perfect set of models, treatment plan with the aesthetic end in mind with reference to the occlusion, and, finally, present the case and close with high levels of acceptance.

We are delighted to announce two guest lecturers:  the component on Digital Smile Design will be taught by Jameel Gardee – an accredited DSD  master, with the photography component taught by Harrison Child  ( @the_dental_photographer ).

1. The You – How to work more effectively in less time:

  • Organise your mind.
  • Deep vs Shallow tasks
  • Diary optimisation
  • Understanding what you want to achieve from dentistry
  • How to say no.
  • Strategies to manage the stress of a busy dental practice.

2. The Patient – How to Increase case acceptance and eliminate complaints

  • The Pareto Principle: How to generate 80% of your work from 20% of your patients
  • What does true active listening look like in a dental setting?
  • The role of empathy and body language in case acceptance.
  • Fast and efficient treatment planning for complex cases
  • Why patients say no.
  • Preventing patients slipping through the cracks – how to get from exam to treatment

3. The Examination – Rapid assessment of complex cases.

  • What do you need to look out for in the masticatory system?
  • The hard tissue exam and differentiating wear patterns.
  • Assessing the periodontium and biologic width
  • Endodontic assessment
  • Radiograph rationales

4. The Photography – Photography as a tool for planning, teaching, and social media.

  • Consent for GDPR compliance.
  • Equipment and accessories, settings and protocols for beautiful but efficient image capture.
  • Full photographic series required for treatment planning
  • Product and labwork photography. Artistic photography including bouncers

5. The Planning – Facially Generated Treatment Planning, begin with the end in mind.

  • How to approach complex cases in a systematic way
  • How to ensure you achieve maximal aesthetic outcomes
  • How to plan with minimal chance of complication
  • How to plan and schedule treatment in a logical manner.
  • Digital Smile Design (DSD).
  • Fundamentals of smile design – smile design parameters as this relates to the digital age.
  • The concept of DSD. Practical aspects of DSD. Clinical cases displaying facially driven interdisciplinary dentistry driven by DSD.

6. The Occlusion – how to prevent your reconstruction from breaking.

  • Practical, clinical occlusion as it relates to everyday dentistry.
  • Tooth Surface Loss: causes and the effects on planning and treatment.
  • How to create a perfect set of mounted records: facebow and occlusal registration.
  • When should you treat in CR and when is MIP acceptable?
  • Occlusal splints
  • How to do an equilibration and when is it essential
  • The diagnostic wax up
  • The mock up: how to transfer the models to the mouth.

7. The Communication – how to draft a treatment plan and write a letter

  • Communication media: letter | email | phone.
  • Letter structure: closing the circle.
  • How to select and communicate with specialists
  • Lab communication
  • Medico-legal aspects
  • Follow up.

8. Bringing It All Together

Learn, practice and perfect – use the skills learned throughout the modules in a treatment planning round table discussion of clinical cases.


Finance available through Braemar Finance.

As the course straddles 2 CPD allowance years over £2750 can be claimed.

The course will qualify for over 45 hours of vCPD.

Course details


GTG training, South Street, Glasgow


£4500 (inc VAT)

Hours of CPD

45 Hours

What previous delegates said

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After our first hands-on exercise, the work I was able to do was better than any I8 have ever done before. On Monday when I got into the office, all that I had learned translated immediately. I was able to bring this new skill to my patients that day. Typically I do not see such an immediate impact on my practice, but this course was different. Thank you for making me a better dentist.

Phil Zelmanow

The Restorative course has helped me in my daily practice, it has a good mix of theory and hands-on skills and has made me feel more confident in tackling cosmetic cases that I may have referred in the past. Jason’s dentistry and breadth of knowledge is inspirational and it was a pleasure to learn from someone who is a master of their craft.

Chis Cumming

The whole course was brilliant. I have been on several restorative courses in the past and this was far and away the best one I’ve been on. All the tutors were very approachable and knowledgeable on the subject and the relaxed environment and venue added to the experience. Thanks again!

Stephen Deboo, University of Liverpool

The A-Z of Restorative Dentistry course with Jason Smithson provided a comprehensive update on restorative dentistry with high end outcomes in mind. Jason’s presentations were all evidence based and simultaneously managed to inspire and entertain. The course structure allowed in depth discussion on cases including our own patients. A major element of the course was hands on with clear demonstrations and support throughout.

Eddie Bateman

Throughly enjoy the course. The pre course webinars were very useful so we could focus on the practical aspects from the start. I learned a huge amount which I will be able to use to improve my patient care and gain more enjoyment from my work. I found Jason’s teaching style to be very relaxed giving me the confidence to ask questions. The learning support and feedback from Gordon and Ian was incredibly valuable. I will definitely be booking into more courses in the future. Feeling very motivated. Thank you all.

Victoria Boles, Bannockburn

The Ultimate Treatment Planning Course with Jason Smithson