The Kolbeck Technique

Josef Kolbeck · Technical · Mar 2012

  • Josef Kolbeck is the Managing Director of the removable department at Town & Country Dental Studios in Freeport, NY. He tests new materials and techniques to improve the lab's fabrication processes and has created many innovative techniques, including the Kolbeck Technique illustrated here.

  • Josef Kolbeck

    Dental Technician at Kolbeck Dental

    Step 10: The final, seated denture after adjusting and polishing.

  • Josef Kolbeck

    Dental Technician at Kolbeck Dental

    Step 10: The final, seated denture after adjusting and polishing.

  • Josef Kolbeck

    Dental Technician at Kolbeck Dental

    Step 9: After deflasking the fixed denture, he cuts and grinds the edges.

  • Josef Kolbeck

    Dental Technician at Kolbeck Dental

    Step 8: He places the aluminum flask into the pressure pot for 15 to 25 minutes.

  • Josef Kolbeck

    Dental Technician at Kolbeck Dental

    Step 7: He mixes the fluid resin acrylic for less than 15 seconds to avoid bubbles, then pours it into the access holes until the excess comes out of the air vent holes.

  • Josef Kolbeck

    Dental Technician at Kolbeck Dental

    Step 6: He prepares the teeth with retention holes, then places the teeth and the working model back on the hydrocolloid flask.

  • Josef Kolbeck

    Dental Technician at Kolbeck Dental

    Step 5: He boils out the wax from the framework and the teeth.

  • Josef Kolbeck

    Dental Technician at Kolbeck Dental

    Step 4: Kolbeck cuts the duplicate material in two pieces for easy insertion of the working model.

  • Josef Kolbeck

    Dental Technician at Kolbeck Dental

    Step 3:He removes the model from the flask.

  • Josef Kolbeck

    Dental Technician at Kolbeck Dental

    Step 2: Next, he pours the hydrocolloid material into the aluminum flask. He bench cools the flask for 15 minutes for an initial set, then puts it into cool water for another 15 minutes.

  • Josef Kolbeck

    Dental Technician at Kolbeck Dental

    Step 1: After the wax try-in has been verified by the dentist, Kolbeck transfers the case to a new working silicone matrix model. To fabricate the model, he uses a rubber base and a firm silicone lab putty material for strength and accuracy, and makes sure all screws are totally seated into the new working model.

  • Josef Kolbeck

    Dental Technician at Kolbeck Dental

    Step 1: After the wax try-in has been verified by the dentist, Kolbeck transfers the case to a new working silicone matrix model. To fabricate the model, he uses a rubber base and a firm silicone lab putty material for strength and accuracy, and makes sure all screws are totally seated into the new working model.

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