In dentistry today, heavy focus is given to learning the techniques of fixed or implant-supported restorations at the expense of learning how to make removable dentures. As a result, many talented clinicians lack the training and experience necessary to provide functional and dependable complete denture therapy to their patients, even when this could be the best treatment option for certain patients. This book seeks to solve that problem, taking the reader step by step through the process of fabricating removable complete dentures from the very first appointment through impressions, delivery, and maintenance. Sections alternate between clinical and laboratory steps (color coded for quick reference), and technical aspects of denture making, such as master cast fabrication and baseplate and occlusal rim formation, are covered in detail for clinicians who choose to perform them in-house rather than outsourcing to a laboratory. With sections devoted to jaw and occlusion evaluation, how to determine the appropriate occlusal scheme, and more, the book seeks to empower clinicians to improve their patients’ quality of life. Focus is also given to delivery and subsequent adjustment, followed by maintenance of existing dentures and determining when a new denture is needed. From start to finish, this book supplies everything you need to provide functional and esthetic dentures for your patients.
Chapter 1. Understanding the Art of Complete Denture Therapy
Chapter 2. Examination
Chapter 3. Impression Technique
Chapter 4. Fabrication of Master Casts and Record Bases
Chapter 5. Occlusion and Esthetics
Chapter 6. Behind the Scenes in the Dental Laboratory
Chapter 7. Delivery
Chapter 8. Transitioning to Complete Edentulism
Chapter 9. Maintaining Excellence: Reline, Rebase, Repair
Kevin D. Huff, DDS, is a practicing general dentist and orofacial pain specialist. He earned his dental degree from The Ohio State University where he also pursued advanced training in removable prosthodontics. Dr Huff is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and has earned the status of Fellow and Master in the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). He has served on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, Mercy Hospital General Practice Residency, and Spear Education, where he is currently a visiting faculty member. Dr Huff has published many articles, is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists, and has been awarded the Lifetime Learning and Service Recognition Award from the AGD. Dr Huff is also an active member of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, and he has been practicing dentistry in rural Ohio for 25 years.
Dr. Benting has developed content for Spear Digest and for several Spear Study Club modules. He developed, and continues to present, the Restoring the Edentulous Arch workshop with fellow Resident Faculty member Dr. Darin Dichter. Dr. Benting maintains a prosthodontic referral practice in Phoenix. He is a past president of the Arizona section of the American College of Prosthodontists and currently serves on the ACP Board of Directors. He served as an adjunct faculty member in the prosthodontic clinic at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health and at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Benting earned a B.S. from University of South Dakota in 1994, D.D.S. from University of Minnesota in 1999 and certificate in prosthodontics with a Master of Science in 2002, also from Minnesota. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a fellow of the ACP.