Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Laboratory Techniques Applied to Aesthetic Diagnosis

Laboratory Techniques Applied to Aesthetic Diagnosis
Main language of instruction: Spanish

Other languages of instruction: Catalan, English

If the student is enrolled for the English track then classes for that subject will be taught in the same language.

Teaching staff

Dr. JANE NOBLOM, Luis - ljane@uic.es


The Master’s Degree in Aesthetic Restorative Dentistry offers a very wide range of practical clinical activity and at the same time gives the students an in-depth knowledge of the dental laboratory.

Now, in the world of modern dentistry, new technologies have developed a set of systems of work such as CAD-CAM, which require a basic knowledge of materials and laboratory procedures to make restorers work and that the dentist could perform in his/her own clinic. Therefore, in the subject of laboratory techniques of fixed prostheses, we develop these protocols of work and also provide students with the knowledge and basic tools to accomplish those objectives.

Students will follow the work protocols established at the University for different dental laboratory procedures. At the same time, they will acquire manual techniques for each of the steps taken and guidelines to successfully develop these protocols. 

Pre-course requirements

Reading the specific literature regarding aesthetic diagnosis in dentistry. Follow Dr Mauro Fradeani’s book about aesthetic rehabilitation and aesthetic analysis. Also review specific articles by Dr Magne, Dr Galip Gürel, Dr Dietschi, and Dr Rocca, among others.


  • Scientific and surgical training as an expert in the field of rehabilitation aesthetic restorative dentistry
  • Provision of knowledge to make a correct aesthetic diagnosis in order to establish a treatment plan based on the most current scientific criteria
  • Train students in the laboratory techniques required for the aesthetic diagnosis such as the diagnostic and different techniques of preparation of provisional teeth
  • Knowledge of new materials for provisional teeth and their management in the laboratory


  • CB10 - Students should acquire the learning skills that allow them to continue to study.
  • CB6 - Students should have and understand knowledge that provides the basis for or opportunity to be original in terms of the development and application of ideas, often within a research context.
  • CB7 - Students should know how to apply the knowledge they have acquired and be able to resolve problems in new or little known environments within a broader (or multidiciplinary) context, related to their area of study.
  • CE4 - To acquire the ability to make oral preparations on mucosa, teeth, and dental implants, to build dental prostheses in patients with advanced oral and multidisciplinary disorders; as well as identify and undertake the procedures and various checks for the prosthetic components during construction.
  • CE5 - To be able to give public presentations on your own clinical cases based on the scientific literature, and correctly use the scientific terminology related to temporomandibular dysfunction and aesthetic restorative dentistry.
  • CE7 - To be able to search for, organise and analyse, from a critical point of view, and using biomedical sources of information, scientific literature on issues related to temporomandibular dysfunction and aesthetic restorative dentistry, in order to pursue continuing education in a self-directed and autonomous way.
  • CG4 - To know how to apply protocols for the use of the equipment in the dental laboratory-workshop to the point of undertaking the necessary procedures that help in oral rehabilitation or the treatments common to a restorative dentist.

Learning outcomes

The student is able to make preparations in phantoms for non-adhesive fixed prosthesis

The student is able to do articulator mounting of working models

The student is able to make the necessary wax for the correct diagnosis and to make provisional prosthesis and aesthetic tests

The student is able to make provisional teeth in a classic way

The student learns to make provisional teeth with CAD/CAM techniques

The student learns to make aesthetic provisionals for the anterior sector.

The student learns to prepare Maryland bridges

The student learns to prepare resin models

The student learns direct and indirect techniques in posterior resin models



Introduction to the course

-      Simple provisional

-      CAD-CAM provisional

-      3M Conference, CAD-CAM products

-      Posterior double load provisional

-   Final project+ presentations second term

-    Assembly of teeth PC superior

-    Work models of PC

-    Anterior aesthetics provisional, cut-back technique

-   Final project + presentations second term

-    Posterior resin models

-    Direct and indirect techniques in posterior resin models

-    Keys preparation + anterior resin model + Geller model

-   Indirect veneers preparation in anterior resin models

-    Posterior preparation crowns

Teaching and learning activities

In person

Laboratory practice of fixed prosthesis development in the L7 laboratory, where there are the necessary machines required to undertake and produce diagnostic prosthesis, assemble on articulator, emptying plaster models, model preparation, etc.

Practice is always preceded by a brief presentation of the work to be performed and a hands-on of each of the steps the student must follow, in order to show the manual skills needed to obtain good results.

During the first year, in addition to practice in the laboratories, we have the collaboration of excellent professionals in the field, who give presentations of the different techniques and give individualised hands-on experience.

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

There is daily continuous assessment at the end of practice sessions. This will take into account the knowledge of the subject, the execution of practical work and the active participation of students in their development

Bibliography and resources

. Cadafalch E., Cadafalch J. “Manual clínico de prótesis fija” Harcourt Brace.

. Shillingburg, Jacobi, Brackett. “ Principios básicos en las preparaciones dentarias para restauraciones de metal colado y de ceràmica” Quintessence Books.

. Shillingburg H., Hobo S.  “Fundamentos de prótesis fija” Quintessence books.

. Mallat E., Mallat E. “Fundamentos de la estética bucal en el grupo anterior” Quintessence Books

. Mallat E. “Prótesis fija estética. Un enfoque clínico e interdisciplinario” Elsevier

. Fradeani M. “Rehabilitación estética en prótesis fija- Anàlisis estético- Volumen 1. Quintessence Books