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At LMT LAB DAY Chicago 2014, Ivoclar Vivadent announced the winners of its second North American Art of Denture Competition* (co-sponsored by LMT). Bart Hyde, Owner of Hyde Dental Prosthetics in Fallon, NV, was the first-place winner. “The competition is a great experience and test of ability for technicians across North America,” says Hyde, who has been operating his removable laboratory with his wife, Jamie, for 10 years.
Hyde and 27 other technician-participants created fully removable upper and lower dentures supported by locators. Ivoclar Vivadent provided the competition kit which included the appropriate plaster models, Candulor denture teeth, implant parts and a detailed patient history including photos. 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.
Here, Hyde offers a step-by-step look at his winning entry and his creative thought process.
Upon receiving the competition kit, I studied the facial attributes and other information provided. From the moment I viewed the photos of the patient and noticed the asymmetries in his facial features, I envisioned him with a slight midline diastema with some minor asymmetries in the tooth setup.
Step 1: Model Work
I duplicated the casts using silicone; these casts were used for processing only and enabled me to place the case back on the original casts and articulator for final submission to Ivoclar Vivadent.
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