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Technique Tips: Using clinical photos and simple digital analysis to aid in complete denture aesthetics

From Volume 49, Issue 4, April 2022 | Pages 354-356


Kasim Butt

BDS, MJDF RCS Eng, PgCert Dent Ed

Specialty Registrar in Restorative Dentistry, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Kalpesh Prajapat


Core Trainee Restorative Dentistry, Birmingham Dental Hospital; General Dental Practitioner, Midlands Smile Centre, Birmingham

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Abdulrahman Elmougy


Consultant and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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M Wilson

Honorary Curator, BDA Museum

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Oral health in the UK has improved over the past 30 years, as such, there has been a marked increase in the number of people retaining teeth and a steady decline in the prevalence of edentulous patients.1 The impact of this is that the routine fabrication of de novo complete dentures has reduced, thus, making it more difficult for general dental practitioners to gain the necessary experience to acquire this skill set. This problem is not confined to existing qualified dentists but is apparent in the undergraduate cohort. A reduction in the availability of edentulous cases for undergraduate teaching has been reported in the literature, which may be as low as two cases per student in some UK schools.2,3 While all of the stages involved in complete denture fabrication are equally important and can be read about in more detail in relevant textbooks, we focus on providing a method for practitioners who are inexperienced, or who infrequently fabricate complete dentures, to verify the aesthetic prescription of their maxillary occlusal rim before delivery to the technician.

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