U.S. Lab Owner a Winner in Candulor's 'Art of Denture' Competition

Jack Edwards, MDT · Technical · Aug 2013

  • Step 1

    Like all competition participants, Edwards received an upper edentulous cast and a lower edentulous cast with four placed CAMLOG implant abutments (shown here); an occlusal bite registration for mounting the VDO, midline and cuspid placement; Candulor denture teeth; four CAMLOG Ti temporary copings with screws; and detailed patient information and instructions. Candulor and CAMLOG provided all materials free of charge.

  • Step 2

    Edwards mounted the case on a Candulor articulator using the Bonwell triangle as a reference.

  • Step 3
    To help set up the anterior teeth, Edwards used lab putty to reproduce the facial contour and mid-line of the occlusal mounting model.

  • Step 4

    To help set up the posterior denture teeth, he placed the setup on the adjustable setup table.

  • Step 5

    Using the Candulor NFC denture teeth, Edwards set up the lower anterior and posterior denture teeth following the Gerber style of lingualized occlusion.

  • Step 6

    He waxed in anatomical rugae on the palate for improved phonetics.

  • Step 7

    He fabricated and opaqued a base alloy implant hybrid bar with 360° wrap-around acrylic, and passively bonded it to four CAMLOG Ti temporary copings.

  • Step 8

    Edwards transferred the mandibular denture setup to the screw-retained, wrap-around implant hybrid bar and implant guide pins, creating access holes for the prosthetic screws.

  • Step 9
    He characterized the maxillary arch using the Candulor Aesthetic Color Set Easy kit and backfilled the PolyMaster flask with Candulor cold-cure acrylic.

  • Step 10
    Because the implant was placed too far facially and the access hole would have been outside the incisal edge, the tooth would be cemented into place after the prosthetic screw is torqued down in the mouth.

  • Step 11

    Edwards characterized the gingival tissue of the mandibular for a lifelike appearance.

  • Step 12

    He sculptured the mandibular gingival with an ovate pontic design for self-cleaning.

  • Step 13

    After redefining the occlusion for accuracy and optimal function, detailing and polishing, the finished case was ready for submission.

  • About the Author: Jack Edwards, BA, CDT, MDT, TF, is the Owner of Jack Edwards Dental Studio in Anaheim, CA, which specializes in fixed and removable prosthetics and implants. With more than 35 years of practical experience in all phases of dental technology, he has served as an instructor of dental technology, worked as an in-house technician for several prosthodontic practices in Southern California, and lectures and provides hands-on training both in the U.S. and internationally.