Dentures. Often times this is an area of dentistry that I am less than enthusiastic about undertaking. The case I am thinking of is one of the most gratifying cases I have completed in the past few years, and it had to do with you guessed it dentures. A patient came to my practice for a denture repair on a case I did 17 years ago. Let me say that again, 17 years ago! I have been in practice for over 20 years. When she first came in her only concern was a reline, plus a tooth needed to be reattached. What makes this case interesting is you can really see the facial changes that have occurred over the past 17 years. Over the course of time she had lost a great deal of vertical plus her worn teeth had left her with a class III occlusion. Really the entire case just did not reflect her friendly, generous and beautiful personality. After taking many courses in smile design, esthetics and occlusion I was very confident that we could make a meaningful difference with this patient.
We started by using the Ivoclar Smile Design Kit and executed a really great result for her. The difference that we, as a team, were able to achieve really changed the facial structure as well as symmetry. Her smile now reflects her personally and she looks like a younger, happier person.
I am often faced with the frustrations of dentures but a case like this has a way of giving you your swagger back. By using the Ivoclar Smile Design Kit you have access to so many great tools which goes you confidence as a clinician, saves you chair time and really gives patients the confidence in you that you are caring enough to be very exacting and thorough.