Dentists utilize diagnostic wax ups for multiple reasons. I will discuss various wax up options and what they can be used for. I’ll walk through one or two types of cosmetic wax ups over three separate blogs along with photos to help visualize many of the differences and the ways they are utilized. The options we will discuss are as follow:
For the Technician
Communicating the custom shade of a single central or any single unit in the anterior region is one of the most difficult tasks taken on by dentists and technicians. It is also extremely critical for cosmetic dentistry purposes. Accurately portraying what the dentist sees requires more than just a photo. Properly interpreting the information to the ceramist is key . The objective of this blog is to alleviate the difficulty in this scenario. Six easy steps should get everyone on the same page.
Should I platform switch dental implant abutments? This may have been somewhat of a controvery a decade ago but there is plenty of scientific data to support the efficacy and benefits at this point. A platform switch is using a smaller diameter abutment on a larger diameter implant platform. In addition to the aesthetic benefits discussed later, platform switching allows the patient to more effectively clean the dental implant site. A popular thought with the machine fit implants is that bugs/ bacteria are able to live right at the implant/abutment junction and prevent bone adaptation. The platform switch allows the junction to be more easily cleansed therefore allowing for better integration of bone in the area. Two additional benefits are:
One of the most common questions I’m asked as a dental technician is “What type of prep do you like best?”. The answer however is not an easy one. There are so many variables that play in to how an anterior tooth is prepped, such as, is it a rotated tooth, proclined or retroclined tooth or a root canalled tooth? Other important factors are is it a crown or veneer and what is the material selection? We will deal with each one of these eventually but for today we will focus on the ideally placed, small crack or decayed tooth that needs replaced. I will walk you through my preferences for both a crown and veneer.
One of the most common questions I’m asked as a dental technician is “What is the perfect prep?”. The answer for a posterior is relatively the same for me, regardless of material, other than a full gold crown which will allow for less reduction. For the best result I recommend the following parameters for reduction: