The way complete denture Prosthodontics has been taught in dental schools for the last hundred years is flawed and not too smart.
Think about it—the most unpredictable treatment that a dentist provides for a patient is the complete denture. We are taught to go from wax try- in to completion. In all other prosthodontic treatments the patient wears a provisional, but this is not true with complete and partial denture services. This borders on insanity. The Turbyfill denture technique provides a diagnostic treatment denture for the patient to wear while the occlusion and functional impressions are being idealized.
When the treatment dentures are acceptable, the final dentures are constructed using the treatment dentures as a blueprint.
Before finalization of the treatment dentures there will be a second consultation with the patient. Any negative aspects of the dentures will be explained. In response to any negative things the patient expresses, they are asked if they can live with these things. If they cannot, the option of implants is presented to the patient. There are patients that no dentist can satisfy, so, with our technique that is predictable, we not only predict success but also failure.
- Placement of maxillary and mandibular anterior teeth using esthetics and phonetics.
- To use a central bearing pin and gothic arch tracings to perfect occlusion in removable complete dentures.
- To perfect patient generated functional impressions.
Dr. Turbyfill graduated from the University of Louisville in 1959. He studied with Dr. Earl Pound for many years and this relationship is responsible for his keen interest in prosthodontics. He is a member of the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry and the American Academy of Prosthodontics to name a few professional organizations. He teaches and lectures throughout the world on the principles of complete dentures and removable prosthodontics. He maintains a private practice in restorative dentistry.
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