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What is dental diagnostic wax-up?

A diagnostic wax-up is essentially a cast or impression of your tooth or teeth. Your dentist uses this to show you what they are going to do to fix your dental problem. This helps reshape your teeth to their ideal form.
A dental diagnostic wax-up offers a simulation of the procedure you're about to have. It's essentially a model of what your dental work is going to look like. The wax-up helps guide your dentist during a bridge implant or other procedure.

To do a dental diagnostic wax-up, the dentist will take an impression of your mouth in wax.

Then, the dentist will use the wax-up as a guide to show where the implants need to be placed.

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