For cases in the esthetic zone, achieving the desired final result is contingent upon the success of the previous stages of the restorative process. Maximizing the level of care exhibited throughout the diagnostic, preparatory and temporization phases enables the clinician to deliver a final restoration that satisfies the goals of the patient as well as simplifies the clinical procedures. Fortunately for today’s clinicians, there exist tools, technologies and materials that make accomplishing chairside esthetic excellence more accessible than ever before.
During treatment planning, the clinician must decide whether a diagnostic wax-up is necessary and whether the use of a chairside or laboratory-fabricated provisional will provide the best results. Though a chairside-fabricated temporary requires a lower investment in terms of cost and delivery time, the benefits brought about by a laboratory-fabricated diagnostic wax-up and temporary can significantly impact the final esthetic result. Glidewell Laboratories has offered BioTemps® Provisionals for nearly two decades, successfully providing dentists with a simple-to-use lab-fabricated temporary option. This year, the workflow behind creating diagnostic wax-ups and BioTemps in the lab was fully digitized, with the upgraded temporaries being designed virtually and milled from poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) resin.
The following case demonstrates the use of BioTemps CAD Provisionals to temporize a patient in preparation for future all-ceramic restorations in the esthetic zone.
This was a challenging esthetic case because of the patient’s high smile line. However, the computer-designed contours of the BioTemps promoted optimal tissue healing. Combining precisely shaped restorations with methodical diagnosis and preparation can bring about outstanding results.