Diagnostic Wax-Up Models


Just as an automobile designer builds a three-dimensional model of a new car to make sure everything fits and works properly, Dr. Fisher and Dr. Zitterich often fabricate a diagnostic model of your teeth when working on more complex restorative or cosmetic cases. By building an accurate model of your mouth, we can test prosthetics, veneers, and other dental work to ensure a proper fit. You can also see what the end-result will look like on the wax model, so you’ll make a truly informed decision about your dental work. Dr. Fisher and Dr. Zitterich can sculpt the model to reflect changes requested before your case goes to the dental laboratory for final fabrication. Wax-ups provide us with a realistic projection of how your dental work will look and function, which results in more accurate restorations.

In many cases, teeth have worn so severely over time that we can only guess at what they used to look like many years ago. Models can then be made of the teeth the way they currently are, and we can use those in the lab to carve new “teeth” out of white wax. This lets us test-fit a new bite and examine it for ideal shape and size before we actually begin treatment.