Diagnostic Wax-Up

A diagnostic wax-up is an invaluable tool for prosthodontists, orthodontists, oral surgeons and restorative dental labs who need to take the guess-work out of reconstructive procedures. Wax-ups are used to ‘preview’ the results of upcoming dental procedures by simulating a tangible, 3-dimensional model. Together with patients, dental labs can use diagnostic wax-ups to identify potential complications and make modifications before initiating a reconstructive procedure.


Did you know…

There are many dental cosmetic and restorative procedures for which a diagnostic wax-up may be necessary in advance of initiating treatment. Examples include:

  • Full mouth reconstruction
  • Dental veneers
  • Cosmetic bonding
  • Gum contouring
  • Crown lengthening
  • Bridge work
  • Teeth whitening
  • Shaping
  • Orthodontic treatment
  • Inlays and onlays
  • Crowns


Frequently Asked Questions

Should I get a diagnostic wax-up?

If you are undergoing any reconstructive or cosmetic dental labry, a diagnostic wax-up can be helpful for visualizing the final outcome of your procedure. It also helps your Henderson dental lab by providing a working model for treatment. You should ask your dental lab about getting a diagnostic wax-up before agreeing to any type of treatment – especially if your dental needs are complex.

What should I expect from a Henderson diagnostic wax-up?

To create your wax-up model, you’ll visit your dental lab to have an impression taken of your mouth. That impression will be sent to a dental lab for casting. Lab technicians will create replicas of your teeth, modifying the characteristics according to the details of your restorative and cosmetic procedures as outlined by your dental lab.

What happens after a diagnostic wax-up has been cast?

Once your wax-up is complete, you’ll return to your dental lab’s office to review the function and aesthetics of your new smile. Your dental lab can show you how making certain changes will transform the function and appearance of your teeth and gums. It is at this time that you can ask questions or voice any concerns you may have about the final treatment model. If you approve of the wax-up model, you can give the final approval to move forward with your procedure. If you are displeased with the projected outcome, you can ask for modifications or change your mind about moving forward with your restorative or cosmetic treatments.

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