This course was developed to address the interest many
Technicians have expressed regarding not only high-end
fabrication techniques, but also the basic procedures and
nuances that establish a consistent quality in a lab’s standard
work. Don’t be fooled, there are many basic techniques that on
the surface sound basic but once explained and demonstrated
can elevate every day dentures to a higher level.
This two day course is designed to address the basics and beyond
of denture construction as learned, modified and implemented
by Thomas Zaleske, AS. It consists of PowerPoint presentation,
over the shoulder demonstration and hands-on instruction. ‘The
Basics’ topics include: the model bench, record/communication/
optional tools, tooth arrangement to accommodate ridge form,
waxing nature to portray realism and packing, processing and
finishing conventional and optional microwave acrylics. The
‘Beyond the Basics’ topics include: tooth character through contour
and color (OPTIGLAZE™ Color), base colorization using internal
and external techniques (GRADIA® Gum Shades) and metal and
acetyl colorization (GRADIA®).
Participants should bring: (2) setup
and waxed arches either 1 upper, 1 lower or 2 of same ready
for contour and color; (2) processed, trimmed, and pumiced
pre-finished arches for tooth colorization and acrylic colorization;
loupes, lab coat and favorite waxing/carving tools.