By Michael Apa, DDS
With advances in science and technology, aesthetic dentistry continues to evolve. This is also a direct result of the advances in the abilities of the doctor-ceramist team, and what they can create together. The doctor-patient-laboratory relationship has become more clearly defined due to a better understanding of the limitations and expectations of what the ceramist can produce. New temporary materials, impression materials, cements, etc., have made attaining superior aesthetic results much more predictable. This article will demonstrate a step-by-step approach to creating the most naturally enhancing aesthetics in a very easy-to-follow format.
The Key to Predictable Aesthetic Results
The most important part of predictable aesthetics is diagnosis (examination and case selection) and treatment planning. It is important to be able to visualize the final result in order to properly and accurately describe the proposed treatment to the patient. Listening to the patient’s concerns and effectively communicating shape, size, and color are all significant factors in a successful result. One way that this can be accomplished is by doing a composite resin mock-up directly in the patient’s mouth.
Another way would be by using an accurate digital imaging program, such as Envision A Smile (envisionasmile.com). This software was designed by Dr. George E. Kirtley, who is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).
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