VITAPAN EXCELL® Interview with master dental technician Franz Hoppe
Veteran prosthetics expert meets VITAPAN EXCELL®
About the person
Master dental technician Franz Hoppe (Saerbeck, Germany) has gained experience and expertise from around the world during his career. Lifelike mucosa- or implant-supported full and partial dentures are his main area of specialization. In his many publications and lectures, he explains how to produce personalized, highly attractive removable constructions. Influenced by the prosthetics concepts of Prof. Dr. Alexander Gutowski, VITA tooth products have consistently played a key role in his daily work.
What criteria does a modern dental prosthesis have to meet from your point of view?
I prefer teeth that have a lively and natural surface finish. Of course, proper coloring and shade accuracy is an absolute must. The geometry of the teeth should allow for a very personalized anterior appearance through modeling of the gums alone.
What can you tell us about the shade and play of light with VITAPAN EXCELL?
I have been documenting the production of full dentures for many years. I immediately noticed the lifelike appearance in my first pictures of VITAPAN EXCELL teeth. The natural surface finish and the new layered design create a unique play of color and light.
How would you assess the shade accuracy of the VITAPAN EXCELL with respect to the shade guide?
VITA has really implemented the suggestions from recent years. The result is a prefabricated tooth that is absolutely true to the shade guide. The new layering has a very positive effect on the shade and remains surprisingly shade stable even after grinding.
How does VITAPAN EXCELL complement the VITA range of teeth?
As a practitioner, I need freedom of choice. Starting with the smooth VITAPAN, the VITAPAN EXCELL closes the gap between the VITAPAN PLUS and the very specific VITA PHYSIODENS. I now find the right set of teeth for each patient according to shape and shade, but also according to surface.
How have clinicians responded to VITAPAN EXCELL prosthetics?
I have already received very positive feedback from a patient who had previously been supplied with standard smooth dentures and was fitted with VITAPAN EXCELL teeth for the first time. He and the dentist were really enthusiastic about how natural they looked.
What are the advantages of the unique layered structure of VITAPAN EXCELL?
The shade accuracy of the tooth after grinding is striking. This is indispensable for combination work, when neighboring teeth have a ceramic or composite veneer. VITAPAN EXCELL is also shade stable when the protrusion is ground and the incisal edges are customized through painting.