You can download Challenging Nature Wax-up Techniques in Aesthetics and Functional Occlusion by Paulo Kano free in pdf format.
This text is somewhat economical with prose, however, the 371 pages of phenomenally detailed large photographs meticulously document the steps involved in waxing up premolars and molars. The balance between incorporating intricate morphology whilst still respecting the rules of functional occlusion is well kept but not explored.
The 800 images are the spirit of the book. The majority of the chapters simply portray lavish images. In one such chapter the author spends 115 figures demonstrating his technique for waxing up mandibular posterior dentition, often full or half page figures, each matched with a clear, concise caption. This could be deemed excessive. However, considering that the very purpose of Kano’s book is to showcase his craft, such attention to detail is essential. Within minutes, as a reader, you become attuned to every stroke of his carving knife. Skills that have clearly taken decades to perfect seem attainable, as every stage is easily digestible.
Initially one may incorrectly perceive this text to be solely for technicians, as approximately two thirds of it is weighted towards only build-up techniques. Contrastingly, the final remaining third demonstrates five impressive clinical cases, presented in a similar meticulously detailed format [again without detailed explanation].
Readers of this book will also note that the science of occlusion or the details of aesthetics are only hinted at without being explored. This isn’t the definitive stand-alone text on wax up. This is Paulo Kano presenting his technique as an art form. In that sense it fulfils its purpose, and would be well appreciated by students, technicians and clinicians alike.