You can gather accurate functional and esthetic information using the Panadent Dento-Facial Analyzer for restorative cases. I’ve found this tool particularly effective compared to alternatives such as the Facebow or stick bite.
If you haven’t done so yet, make sure to check out the introduction to this series on the Dento-Facial Analyzer. It includes background information, armamentarium, and key reasons why the device can elevate patient care.
Without further ado, the Dento-Facial Analyzer technique:
Essentials of Dento-Facial Analyzer Technique
Once you have the white disposable plate – which is actually the piece you will send to the lab once the record is captured – snapped onto the Dento-Facial Analyzer, use VPS tray adhesive to lightly coat the plastic tray. You are only going to do this from about the canine position posteriorly because you aren’t going to put silicone on the anterior portion of that bite plate.
Next, attach the vertical reference bar to the Dento-Facial Analyzer. Without bite registration on it, take it to the patient’s mouth and seat the central incisors exactly against the white plastic in the front labially.
Verify that you can hold this level to the horizon in two planes of space and that you can touch the patient’s teeth. If not, you might need to build up the posterior.
If you’ve verified this, put bite silicone on the plate from the canine position back, then seat it again, making sure the central incisors are seated labially against the white plastic …
I’ll round up this fun technique with Part 3 in the series coming soon.