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CASE WORKFLOW
by Eric D. Kukucka, DD
Eric D. Kukucka, DD, is a
practicing denturist and an
alpha and beta tester for
major industry development
in digital denture
technology. The president
of The Denture Center in
Windsor, Ontario, Kukucka
is a key opinion leader for
Ivoclar Vivadent, 3Shape
and Nobel Biocare, and a member of the 3Shape
Advisory Board in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has given
more than 52 keynote presentations in fi ve countries
and two languages, and has written more than 23
published articles.
Figs. 1-3: Patient presents with fractured teeth and an overclosed vertical dimension. Patient
reports some diffi culty in the past few months with ability to function.
In dental prosthetic treatment therapy,
the best way to begin is with the end in mind.
The fi rst of several hurdles you may
face when addressing a removable prosthodontics
case is lack of knowledge, experience
or vetted resources that provide reliable
information or training. Often, clinicians
in this situation have no information at all,
and patients have diffi culty providing useful,
repeatable information to move the case
forward. Of course, clinicians experience fear
of the unknown as well; many dental health
professionals shy away from conducting
removable prosthodontics treatment because
of all these elements. In many cases, they
simply lack confi dence in their ability to
deliver a truly optimal product that meets
and exceeds their patients' expectations.
This is a reasonable and predictable
reaction; indeed, it would not be prudent
to venture into a fi eld of care in which a
clinician or technician is not confi dent.
As a clinician, attempting to re-create
an existing prosthesis with precision and
Figs. 4 and 5: The Conmetior VDO Gauge is ergonomically designed based on golden proportion
principles to fi t the anatomy of the human face, providing accuracy and consistency.
Fig. 6: Step 1: Measure the distance between
the center of the eye and the commissure of the
lips using the two straight, extended markers.
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