It can be hard to visualize the results of a restorative or cosmetic procedure. To help with this, our dentist can develop a diagnostic wax-up which is a physical representation of a proposed treatment plan. Thanks to this tool, patients are able to see what the expected outcome would look like in terms of esthetics and function.
What is a Diagnostic Wax-Up?
Ais essentially a wax replica of a proposed treatment plan that our dentist can use to show you what your results will look like. This tool helps to provide information that will indicate whether or not a specific treatment is appropriate.
Using the diagnostic wax-up, our family dentist will also be able to estimate the amount of restorative space available and point out the need for treatment where it is necessary. Having a wax recreation of a patient’s teeth is especially helpful when planning for dental implants.
How is the Wax-Up created?
Generally a quick procedure, a diagnostic wax-up is done by our dentist and an assisting technician. A high-quality impression is taken of your mouth first and some photos may also be taken.
Two models of your teeth will be fabricated to allow for one to be used for the wax-up and one to be kept for reference during the proposed procedure. Once the wax-up has been made, our dentist and the technician will work to get it into a perfect shape based on their recommendations and your preferences.