The knowledge of natural oral esthetics and the interactive relationship among patient, clinician, and technician constitute the basic strategies for successful esthetic rehabilitation. Study models and diagnostic waxups as well as mock-ups and provisional restorations represent a key element in the realization of esthetic rehabilitation. In particular, they provide indispensable diagnostic information, contribute significantly to adjacent soft tissue conditioning, and assure the patientís subjective comfort during this intermediate phase of treatment. The treatment outcome strongly depends on the therapeutic approach chosen. This lecture describes a treatment rationale that incorporates the use of a diagnostic template. This type of work strategy, documented with clinical cases, integrates diagnostic waxups, mock-ups, and indirect provisionals using simplified and efficient fabrication techniques to achieve ultimate esthetics with the final bonded porcelain restoration.
Michel Magne, CDT, is associate professor of clinical dentistry and the director of the Center of Dental Technology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. He previously directed and served as master ceramist at two dental laboratories, where he specialized in implant-supported work, complex oral rehabilitation, and bonded porcelain restorations. Mr Magne is also the former owner and director of the Oral Design Center at the Dental Laboratory in Montreux, Switzerland. He has published numerous articles on esthetic dentistry and lectures extensively on these topics in countries throughout the world.