This web site is designed to ease the transition from the preclinical complete denture course and the clinic. When students enter the clinic I found that they do not have a complete picture of denture construction. This program will help you through the individual steps.

A good part of the text is devoted to what NOT to do. Students try to be innovative and end up compromising the denture. Be alert to the mistakes that others have made so you will not have to redo that step.

To navigate the site, choose a heading from the left-hand side of the web page. Under each numbered heading, there are several subsection headings. You can jump around to the information you need, or read through the site from the first page to the last.

We are using a web site because of the flexibility. We will have the ability to change the text for clarity or new ideas. Diagrams and photos will be added to make the text easier to understand. Sample test questions will be used to gauge your understanding. No one will have to buy anything, you only need access to the Internet.

It differs from a textbook because it is written specifically for Temple dental students. We include such unique features as "How to get rid of your patient." " How to lose your handpiece, etc." "Ruining the impression (1) and (2)."

There is no best way to make a denture. You ultimately have to find out what works for you.

I am telling you what works best for me. (Other instructors will have different ideas.) This is a beginning person's ideas. I am sure it will be improved with student and faculty input. We need and welcome your ideas.

In the preclinic you used plastic master casts as the patient. There is no chance for overextension, either by lengthening the fold area or extending the denture onto the cheek. All the records: face-bow, vertical, and centric are of no consequence if they are in error. The "patient" will never complain.

Also the records (vertical and centric) are difficult to understand on a manikin. The present manikin cannot duplicate muscles and nerves.

As expected any preclinical course using a manikin would have some shortcomings which sometimes results in a vague idea of what you should do when performing some specific aspect of denture construction. We are providing additional information which hopefully will get you through the rough spots. Some of the information applies to the general process of treating patients (not just denture patients).

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