Aesthetic Diagnosis

Using diagnostic information gathered, it is possible to formulate a treatment plan based on the patient’s dental needs mitigated by factors that include full disclosure of the plan and obtaining the patient’s informed consent. It has always been stressed that an informed patient will most likely be a cooperative patient.

Apart from the biologic consideration, aesthetics become a major consideration when dealing with teeth that are in the appearance zone. A dentist would always find himself in a balancing act between the biomechanical aspects of a restoration and the patient’s aesthetic demands. Hence, the challenging task of explaining and justifying a plan to bridge the gap between the patients wide field of expectation and a realization that only a reasonable aesthetic result can be achieved.

From the dentists’ point of view, it is far better to discover that the projected esthetic result is unsatisfactory to the patient before actual treatment is begun or as the treatment progresses. In aesthetic diagnosis, a selection of aids may be applied to help the dentist. The use of diagnostic casts, diagnostic wax ups, provisional restorations, trial cementation and the use of computer aided aesthetic preview in aesthetic diagnosis are al important.

Dr. Heherson M. TUmang
Chairman,, Department of Clinical Health Sciences, University of the Philippines

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