Thursday, February 21, 2013

teeth wax-ups

It’s been a busy week.

We started with wax-up’s with our new dental toys. From 9-noon, I’ve been in the lab waxing up teeth. With seventy Bunsen burners and seventy brains eating up glucose it gets hot in herr fast.

In case you don’t know (I didn’t know what “waxing up” meant before I sat in our dental lab the very first day), we learn teeth anatomy, occlusion and such by melting up wax to build up (and carve) teeth models.

This picture is from Patrice at Stu-DENT diaries (another dental student blog I read!):

Our General Restorative Dentistry professor told us that she likes to stock up on tissues this time of year. Her favorite saying is “every flower blooms at a different time.” And ohmygosh, I haven’t been this bad at something in a long time.

I went back to check the contact on my premolar Tuesday evening and the tooth cracked on me. A piece broke in the mannequin and half of my tooth wax-up fell out of the jaw onto the floor.

I just stared at the little blue piece of wax on the floor. That was five hours of work. That was five hours of work.

Thankfully I was much faster second time around.


Waxing up teeth is not easy for me yet, but it’s definitely getting fun. Can you enjoy something you suck at?


  1. I did carving and waxing up teeth last semester. That was a real pain on the neck. We learned how to wax up every teeth by carving it and using the dropping I´m not an artistic person so I needed to be very patient with it.
    Good luck!

    1. Thank you! :) Now that we're done with it, I see how far I've come just in the last three weeks. I really do think anyone can learn hand skills- with time of course. Sometimes I get a little impatient.

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