Javier Tapia Guadix was born in 1978 in Madrid, Spain. He finished dental school at the European University of Madrid in 2003. He was working then as an associate professor in the prosthetics department during 2004. In 2005 he started his career as a professional computer graphics artist, focused on illustration, animation and application development. He received the Collegiate Merit Award by the Spanish College of Dentists from the 1st Region in 2005 for his collaboration in the commission of new technologies. In 2011 he founded together with Panaghiotis Bazos and Gianfranco Politano the Bio-Emulation group. He actively collaborates as invited professor with several universities across Europe and is the GC Restorative Advisory Board member. In 2017 he became the official reviewer for the International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry. Javier works in private practice in Madrid, focusing on restorative dentistry and aesthetics. He is an international lecturer with participation in more than 300 congresses, hands-on courses and live courses. He published several articles in restorative dentistry, dental photography and computers in dentistry.
Color analysis and shade selection strategies for the anterior teeth following Bio-Emulation principles
Achievement of aesthetic restorations that resemble natural teeth represent a great challenge for both dentists and technicians. Obtaining optimal results with the minimum number of try-in tests or repetitions necessarily implies performing a systematic and exhaustive shade analysis. Advanced photographic techniques need to be used for this task, including different kinds of illumination and precise calibration of RAW files. Defining proper shade selection strategies for both composites and ceramics is of paramount importance for our daily work. The Bio-Emulation approach provides specific tools designed to increase dramatically the accuracy of our shade matching, including the custom_eyes shade tabs as well as the “state of the art” eLAB protocol. Ultimately, a successful treatment will always be the outcome of a good communication with patient and perfect teamwork between dentist and technician.