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Establishing Protocol in Digital Dental Photography: Essential Communication Tool for Dental Professionals and Patients

Digital photography provides good clinical evidence and is an essential communication tool for dental professionals and patients. Therefore, capturing correct information is critical when exchanging digital images. The quality of the captured images significantly reflects the quality of the final restorations.   In an ideal scenario, the technician/ceramist should receive the necessary information from the treating clinician to perform to the best of their abilities, and provide the best possible outcome for their patients. The image captured by the treating clinician needs translation into the language/perspectives as the way the technicians/ceramists see and apply within their workflow – i.e., the clinician should be able to explain why they are capturing the specific photos, and the technician/ceramist should be able to understand the...

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Before and After 2013: Smile Makeover – Implant Zirconia Bridge with Gum Porcelain

An Asian patient in her 40s was depressed about the aesthetics of her smile. She had several attempts to replace the restorations to achieve natural aesthetics, which she found difficult. She was looking for “a durable, functional and, most of all, a beautiful smile” in her words.   The treatment plan is to replace the existing restorations – 12-22 Screw-Retained Implant Bridge, and crowns on the canines - 13 and 23. To maintain the same property and material in the superstructure, we decided to use Zirconia with Ti interface abutment for the implant connections.   Fig 1 shows the pre-op condition. The aesthetical and functional issues we need to address are: correction of the midline cant achieving a sense of symmetry on the central...

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Reproducing Nature Part 3: Tooth Replacement with Root and Colour Matching Using Digital Photos

eLABORATE Magazine featured Yugo’s article titled ‘Reproducing Nature Part 3: Tooth replacement with root and colour matching using digital photos in 2006 (published language: English).   Introduction:   The technology available in dentistry in 2006 has improved significantly since I became a dental technician even though it’s been only eight years. Patients’ dental IQ and desires for beauty have also increased through exposure in the media.   Thanks to the advancement of software such as Adobe Photoshop, we can now give patients a new smile digitally/virtually before the commencement of work to provide them with a great idea of the final result with the projected outcome.   Material-wise, the trend has moved to metal-free restorations over traditional PFMs – higher aesthetics with less effort to achieve life-like restorations....

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