J Korean Acad Prosthodont.  2019 Oct;57(4):425-431. 10.4047/jkap.2019.57.4.425.

Digital approach integrating 3D facial scan and a virtual mockup for esthetic restorative treatment: A case report

  • 1Department of Prosthodontics, School of Dentistry, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Republic of Korea. deweylee@knu.ac.kr
  • 2Institute for Translational Research in Dentistry, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Republic of Korea.


This clinical case report describes the digital workflow that combines a face scan, cone beam computed tomography and an intraoral scan to visualize the outcome of prosthodontic treatment in the anterior region. This approach improves communication between clinic, laboratory and patients. A patient with healthy general condition came for a restorative treatment to treat post-traumatic central incisors of maxilla. A virtual patient replica was made by incorporating a face scan, cone beam computed tomography and an intraoral scan. Design mockup of definitive restorations was shown to the patient and modified according to the patient's desire. This digital workflow facilitates the fabrication of optimal esthetic restorations, and enhances the predictability of outcome of restorations.


Digital workflow; Face scan; Cone-beam computed tomography; Intraoral scan; Image merging; Visualization

MeSH Terms

Cone-Beam Computed Tomography


  • Fig. 1 (A) 3D facial scan image, (B) Cone-beam computed tomography image, (C) Optical scan image of master cast.

  • Fig. 2 Image conversion from DICOM format to 3D mesh format.

  • Fig. 3 Image merging of face scan and computed tomography images using Scout image. (A) Sagittal view, (B) Horizontal view.

  • Fig. 4 Image merging of computed tomography and intraoral scan images using remaining teeth. (A) Intraoral scan image, (B) Matched scan image on computed tomography.

  • Fig. 5 Restoration mockup image in face scan image.

  • Fig. 6 Delivery of definitive restorations.


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