😁. This post outlines my #digitaldentistry
workflow for “waxing” up a full arch case.
1️⃣ After obtaining a @3shape
Trios scan of the patient and the desired vertical and bite, I use #meshmixer
and @speareducation #fgtp
to help guide my wax up digitally. It takes about 20-30 minutes to plan and “wax up” per arch.
2️⃣ I print a model with @formlabs
and make a DSD style putty matrix off of the 3D print.
3️⃣ The wax up is transferred into the patients mouth for a 3D simulation. Here is where I spend the time to put my artistic touch on the smile creating what I call a “perfectly imperfect” smile that’s still straight but adds some characterization. I also fine tune the occlusion here. I find it very time consuming and difficult to do this part digitally, hence why I don’t spend too much time on the wax up part. This take about 15-30 minutes per arch.
4️⃣ Once the patient and I are in agreement with the smile design, I take a new Trios scan or reline my putty matrix and off we go with the prepping and seating of the porcelain.
5️⃣ Tip: Lab communication is critical at every stage here, especially if you’re not the one doing to FGTP/DSD and waxing it up yourself. This is why I love doing my own digital lab work. The time it would’ve taken me to communicate everything I wanted to change and accomplish with a smile, I would’ve been done waxing it up myself and have an immediate product on hand. It’s free software, moderate learning curve, and you’re in complete control of your medical and artistic vision! 👊🏻👊🏻