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The VITA Excellence Award 2023 goes to an outstanding patient case

Dentures need expertise and experience. With the VITA Excellence Award, VITA Zahnfabrik celebrates particularly successful applications achieved using the VITAPAN EXCELL denture tooth. In 2023, Dr Iris Kraljevic, a dentist who specialises in reconstructive dentistry and master dental technician Fernando Pasamontes impressed with a case from the group practice Zahnmedizin Zürich Nord in Zurich.

Impressive in every respect

Excellent function, natural aesthetics, an incredibly natural appearance - that was why the jury chose this case for the award. A picture of the patient approximately 20 years ago with his natural teeth was a particularly crucial image to demonstrate the challenging case. The new dentures from Dr Kraljevic and Mr Pasamontes were the perfect reproduction - a genuinely "Perfect match".

"I like replicating nature," explained Dr Kraljevic. "To do that, I always ask for an old photo of the patient before creating an anterior setup. VITAPAN EXCELL is particularly suited to achieving natural-looking results."

A dentist who specialises in reconstructive dentistry, Dr Kraljevic has been with the group practice Zahnmedizin Zürich Nord in Zurich, Switzerland since 2019.

In her role as a trainer, she also gives lectures at the Zurich Center for Preventive Dentistry (PZZ) and is a member of the board of the Swiss Society for Reconstructive Dentistry (SSRD).

VITAPAN EXCELL for the "Perfect Match"

The VITA Excellence Award honours outstanding work with the VITAPAN EXCELL anterior tooth set. Any posterior teeth may be used, however, VITAPAN LINGOFORM is a particularly good choice.

"VITAPAN EXCELL offers a great variety of denture tooth moulds," said the master dental technician Fernando Pasamontes. "In addition to VITA classical, they are also available with VITA SYSTEM 3D-MASTER and have a very natural appearance. VITAPAN LINGOFORM posterior teeth have a good basic shape that allows a variety of denture occlusal concepts to be achieved. And with the compatible VITA AKZENT LC stains, you can give the teeth an added lifelike appearance."

Mr Pasamontes has been working as a master dental technician for more than 30 years, and manages his own laboratory in the Swiss federal state of Zug.

VITA Excellence Award for excellent denture work

The VITA Excellence Award was presented for the first time in 2023. A jury of four selected the winning case from numerous entries based on the following criteria: Aesthetics; function; documentation; and preparation work. The winners were announced in mid-March at the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne and had the opportunity to present their case to an international audience.

For more information on the VITA Excellence Award, visit

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