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Fully digital design for natural-looking results

1 April 2021 Categories: digital dentistry Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

This case perfectly portrays a fully digital case and the difference the result can make to a patient’s overall appearance.

This lovely gentleman visited Dr Drew Winstanley wanting to improve the general appearance of his smile. He was unhappy with the brown and discoloured look of his teeth and had been left dissatisfied with the multiple failed attempts by previous practitioners to mask the tooth wear.

Not only is Dr Drew a relatively new client of ours, so was this patient for the practice, so we really needed to pull out all the stops… and we always do!

We started with a digital smile design using 3Shape Dental Designer, which allowed us to show both the dentist and the patient the proposed new smile digitally in 3D by superimposing it over the patient’s existing dentition. This allows an honest and open dialogue to happen between the patient, dentist and us at the lab, meaning that we can make any tweaks and adjustments as required, before any dental work was started or before any tooth structure was cut. This is key for us at Ambridge Ceramics as we believe in building strong relationships with our clients in order to deliver beautiful, functional restorations, every time.

In order to correct the bite and aesthetics of this smile, we created 11 digitally designed and milled porcelain veneers and crowns. For this specific case, two different materials were used: e.max CAD (purple block) and Zirconia Anterior Multi-Layer. Both have different refractive indices and therefore reflect light (shade) in different ways, so there’s always a potential for the end result to appear a different shade when finished or worse, when fitted.

At Ambridge Ceramics, we have found via experimentation, which zirconia works best with which lithium disilicate system (e.max) and how to treat them to enable a shade match with the final restorations.

As you can see from the final outcome, the result was harmonious and natural looking, while being strong and functional. Both Dr Drew and his patient were thrilled with the result.