23-3 Visual Diagnostic Try-Ins: Beyond Dental Imaging

by David Bloom, BDS

As dental professionals we have an obligation to not only gather all the information required to make a full diagnosis and treatment plan, but also to ensure that we can communicate this to our patients. Although photography and even dental imaging can help this communication process to aid case closure (Figs 1-3), nothing is as powerful as letting our patients visualize this for themselves in their own mouths. Composite can be used in the mouth for direct mock-ups, but does not allow for as many options as a full diagnostic wax-up. Composite is quick, easy, and cost-effective to do but is applicable only if minimal changes or a small number of teeth are involved (Figs 4-7).

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