Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Basic Aesthetic Diagnosis

Basic Aesthetic Diagnosis
Main language of instruction: English

Other languages of instruction: Catalan, Spanish

Teaching staff

At the end of the class or by appointment requested by email to the teacher

Dr Akram-Ali: akramali@uic.es 



This subject will guide students towards a better understanding of the art and science behind dental aesthetics, to help them to integrate dental restorations on an individual facial composition taking into account biological, functional and aesthetic requirements. Since nowadays patients have a strong interest in aesthetics, every clinician, from the general dentist to the specialist, needs to have a solid and practical knowledge of the principles, criteria and factors that create an aesthetically appealing dentofacial composition.

Pre-course requirements

Advance reading of the book: Claude R. Rufenacht. Principles of Aesthetic Integration. Quintessence Books. Year 2000.


The aim of the subject is to convey the multidisciplinary knowledge of the concept of aesthetics in all its social and scientific dimensions. To understand the objective and subjective rules governing smile design, which is the key for the right diagnosis, not only in pathological terms but also aesthetic. The topics that will be covered will allow us to define the approach to rehabilitation to achieve teeth in a functionally, aesthetically, and even emotionally harmonic three-dimensional position.


  • CB6 - Students should have and understand knowledge that provides the basis for or opportunity to be original in terms of the development and application of ideas, often within a research context.
  • CB7 - Students should know how to apply the knowledge they have acquired and be able to resolve problems in new or little known environments within a broader (or multidiciplinary) context, related to their area of study.
  • CB8 - Students should be able to incorporate knowledge and tackle the complexity of making judgements based on information which, being incomplete or limited, includes reflections on the social and ethical responsibility linked to the application of their knowledge and judgement
  • CB9 - Students should know how to express their conclusions, and the knowledge and reasoning these are based on, to specialised and non-specialised audiences in a clear and unambiguous way.
  • CE1 - Students should be able to undertake a proper analysis and an extraoral diagnosis, and underline the aesthetic and functional aspects of the teeth and the soft areas of the lower part of the face as well as a analysis and clinical and lab-based diagnosis, using diagnostic and therapeutic wax models, in order to rehabilitate dental occlusion with good functional and aesthetic balance, while taking into account multidisciplinary factors related to the masticating apparatus.
  • CE10 - Students should acquire the ability to apply scientific methods, and apply the knowledge acquired to resolving problems in a scientific field. They should learn how to develop research projects both in vitro and in vivo, within the fields of mechanics, biology and microbiology applied to prosthetic and restorative dentistry and dental implants.
  • CE11 - Students should be autonomous in terms of developing and applying new technologies to aesthetic restorative dentistry and searching for new scientific information, as well as acquiring the ability to evaluate and undertake the research and development projects the industry offers in an ethical way, and manage the financial and human resources, as well as be aware of the strategic basis for the transfer of new knowledge to the industry.
  • CE2 - Students should be able to work as a clinical professional and/or researcher in the field of aesthetic restorative dentistry, and act as a real specialist or expert in the material; as well as know how to diagnose, treat, prevent and research oral disorders and have updated knowledge of the diagnostic and treatment-related advances which continue to arise throughout their professional life.
  • CE4 - To acquire the ability to make oral preparations on mucosa, teeth, and dental implants, to build dental prostheses in patients with advanced oral and multidisciplinary disorders; as well as identify and undertake the procedures and various checks for the prosthetic components during construction.
  • CE5 - To be able to give public presentations on your own clinical cases based on the scientific literature, and correctly use the scientific terminology related to temporomandibular dysfunction and aesthetic restorative dentistry.
  • CE6 - To acquire the ability to make scientific informed opinions so as to choose the type of material a dental prosthesis is built of in order to fit the patient with it, as well as know how to continuously update your knowledge of the dental biomaterial used in the field of aesthetic restorative dentistry, know how to manipulate it, and about its properties, indications, biocompatibilities, toxicity and environmental impact.
  • CE7 - To be able to search for, organise and analyse, from a critical point of view, and using biomedical sources of information, scientific literature on issues related to temporomandibular dysfunction and aesthetic restorative dentistry, in order to pursue continuing education in a self-directed and autonomous way.
  • CE8 - To know how to apply epistemological, ethical, legislational and humanitarian factors to research and the disclosure of scientific data in the field of aesthetic restorative dentistry.
  • CE9 - To recognise and interpret images and specialised diagnostic techniques that are significant in research, as well as know how to apply bioinformatic tools and new technologies to the fields of prosthetic and restorative dentistry and dental implants.
  • CG2 - To be autonomous in terms of obtaining a patient's anamnesis and oral explorations in patients with pathologies that might be either advanced or multidisciplinary in nature; and fill in their medical record and other clinical paperwork using scientific language and terminology that is suited to an aesthetic restorative dentistry professional.
  • CG4 - To know how to apply protocols for the use of the equipment in the dental laboratory-workshop to the point of undertaking the necessary procedures that help in oral rehabilitation or the treatments common to a restorative dentist.

Learning outcomes

To know the fundamentals of facial analysis

To know the parameters of the dentolabial analysis

To know the aesthetic parameters of dental tissues and their relationship with the rose tissue around them

To learn the fundamentals of correct phonetic analysis

To know the aesthetic parameters of the gingival tissues

To know the parameters of smile analysis



  • Facial analysis      
  • Dento-labial analysis
  • Dental analysis
  • Dental colour  
  • Phonetic analysis
  • Gingival analysis
  • Digital smile design
  • Mock up    

Teaching and learning activities

In person

The dynamics of this subject include three types of theoretical session. Masterclass will be alternated with theoretical seminars presented by students in PowerPoint or Keynote format from the bibliography given by the teacher. Alternatively, 2 or 3 students will prepare a presentation and present it to the rest of the students, who should have read the relevant literature. The teacher will emphasise the most significant aspects and will clarify any doubts that students may have.

There will be continuous assessment of the individual performance of each student, which will take into account their participation in discussions, the presentations and a test taken by all the students. 

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

Continuous assessment

Bibliography and resources

Michael Cohen; Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning, Volume I: Principles, Design, Implementation

Rafi Romano; The Art of Treatment Planning: Dental and Medical Approaches to the Face and Smile

Rafi Romano; The Art of the Smile: Integrating Prosthodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Dental Technology, and Plastic Surgery in Esthetic Dental Treatment

Rafi Romano; The Art of Detailing: Philosophical Foundations

Michael Cohen; Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning, Volume II: Comprehensive Case Studies

Principles of Esthetic Integration. Claude Rufenach. Editorial Quintessence

Fradeani M. “Rehabilitación estética en prótesis fija- Anàlisis estético- Volumen 1. Quintessence Books

The Science and Art of Porcelain Laminate Veneers. Galip GurelEditorial Quintessence.