Achieving efficient prosthodontic workflows
There are many components within the prosthodontic workflow that can impact the success of outcomes achieved. These include everything from the clinician’s initial assessment and data capture to the skill of the technician, and all the techniques, technologies and products used along the way.
By optimising the process and delivering a prosthesis that is accurate, functional and aesthetic, patient satisfaction is maximised and both technician
and dentist benefit.
In order to achieve the highest standards, collaboration between technician and dentist is crucial. Both parties need to understand how the other works in order to exchange the right amount of information for each particular case. A relationship needs to be formed, one based on mutual respect and that enables both individuals to perform their roles to the best of their abilities.
Communication is central to building this rapport and working together on cases. Conversations should be frank, open and honest, and they should occur regularly when first establishing a working relationship – as you become more familiar with each other, communication can become short-hand and less frequent without compromising quality of data exchanged. Teamwork is a big part of any prosthodontic case and all relevant team members must communicate effectively for the best outcomes.
For dental technicians, the products and materials used for the fabrication of prostheses can have a significant influence on the quality of the final solutions. This is not only relevant for the manufacture of permanent prostheses either – the try-in stage is perhaps even more important as it sets the precedence for the entire treatment process and patient experience.
There is nothing more frustrating for the technician, dentist and patient than excessive wax-ups and try-ins, with multiple and substantial changes or even remakes required. It is a waste of time, money and effort for the professional team and can create a poor patient experience, leading to their reduced satisfaction.
As such, maximising efficiency with careful planning and precise wax-ups will improve the process for all involved. Minor alterations are to be expected and the dentist should prepare the patient for this accordingly – but technicians today have access to the skills and products they need to minimise unnecessary adjustments.
Part of the planning process for prosthetic indications like denture
fabrications is the creation of a mock-up model. A good model helps to manage patient expectations, while providing essential information to the dentist and technician regarding function and aesthetics.
Where appropriate, the mock-up should recreate the harmony between hard and soft tissue for balanced aesthetics.
While constructing the mock-up, precision is key. Any distortions of the wax models can lead to the unnecessary adjustments we have already alluded to, which are costly in terms of money and time. This can come down to the quality of the modelling wax used – the most effective wax will be stable to prevent distortions. This means no shrinking or expanding during the process to ensure that the teeth remain in the exact positions needed for the designed denture and promoting good
A quality wax will also be easy to trim without flaking and should provide a good
finish once polished.
Kemdent Anutex Modelling Wax delivers in each of these areas. The market leader for modelling wax in the UK, it is unmatched in handling characteristics and features tightly controlled and consistent softening properties to optimise efficiency in the lab and eliminate the risk of flaking. It is also easy to trim and presents a smooth and glossy finish after gentle flaming.
Colin Butchart from Dorset Denture Clinic comments:
“Anutex Wax adapts to plaster models well when warmed over a Bunsen burner, without stretching or tearing. Having used Anutex for many years, I have always found it to boil out well, without leaving residue on the teeth. It also carves easily and leaves a smooth surface once it has been flamed. Once cold, it polishes to a high shine when rubbed with cotton wool under cold water. In addition, Kemdent’s customer service is very professional and products always arrive the following day after placement of an order.”
From start to finish
An accurate model makes it simpler for dentist and technician to deliver an exceptional final prosthesis that the patient will love. Enhancing efficiency of the process from start to finish with close collaboration and quality products provides a better experience for all involved.
For more information about Kemdent Anutex Modelling Wax, or any other market-leading solutions available, please visit www.kemdent.co.uk or call 01793 770 256