All day Friday, the LB Promenade was buzzing with LAB DAY attendees trying to get a look at the display of 28 entries in the second North American Art of Denture (KunstZahnWerk®) Competition, sponsored by Ivoclar Vivadent and LMT.
During the Friday afternoon award ceremony, Sarah Anders, Ivoclar Vivadent’s new Senior Vice President of North American Sales, was on hand to congratulate the winners. “The Art of Denture Competition allows us to celebrate the incredible skills of dental technicians from across North America. The winners continue to amaze us with their abilities and creativity,” said Anders.
The first place winner for Best Work Overall, taking home the Candulor award trophy and $1,000, was Bart Hyde, Owner of Hyde Dental Prosthetics in Fallon, NV. Because of increased interest in the competition this year, Hyde had been on the waiting list for a competition kit and received his a month late, after another technician dropped out. He dedicated his win to his nephew, who passed away in January. Second place overall and $750 went to Julien Bory, Lafond Desjardins, Quebec, Canada, and third place and $500 went to Jonathan Trotter, Choate Ceramic Lab, Conroe, TX.
Awards were also given for Best Documentation, with first place going to Julien Bory’s video-documented submission (click here to watch the full video). Second place was awarded to Jack Edwards, Edwards Design Studio, Fullerton, CA, and third place went to Eugene Royzengurt, Apple Dental Lab, Sandy, UT.
The technician-participants created fully removable upper and lower dentures supported by locators. Contestants were required to set up the cases in lingualized occlusion using the Gerber technique and submit them on a semi-adjustable articulator. All cases were judged by an independent jury made up of prosthetics specialists. Ivoclar Vivadent provided the competition kits, which included the appropriate plaster models, denture teeth, implant parts and a detailed patient history.
Editor’s Note: Look for Bart Hyde’s winning case in a future issue of LMT.