Andrea Hegedus, Owner of Great Lakes Smile Design Studio in Muskegon, MI, received international recognition at the IDS show in Cologne, Germany in March, winning second prize for Best Digital Documentation in Candulor's 9th KunstZahnWerk (the Art of Prosthetics) Competition. Candulor has been holding this biennial competition since 2001 and this year was the first time U.S. technicians were invited to participate. Hegedus also plans to participate in the company's first-ever North American competition in 2012; see Denture Technicians: Show Off Your Skills! to the left for more details.
Contestants received a competition kit, including Professor Gerber's technique guide to setting teeth, PhysioStar teeth, stone models, grading guidelines, patient history with photos and a description of the restorative challenge. The patient had been suffering with an ill-fitting denture and the treatment plan called for four mandibular implants with a fixed or removable hybrid prosthetic and fully customized maxillary denture with balanced occlusion and set to the patient's facial and smile line specifications. In addition to the prosthesis, participants had to submit written and photographic documentation of the case to demonstrate the reasoning behind their chosen technique and design.
Here, Hegedus offers a step-by-step look at the ceramic-acrylic hybrid bridge she fabricated for the competition.