I´m Gigi Blenner.
Well actually my full name is Regitze Blenner Praestegaard, but I know its horrible for all of you to pronounce. Sooo lets stick with Gigi Blenner.
Welcome to my world.
I´ve been practicing dentistry for more than 23 years.
The last 10 years being on the greatest journey leaving traditional treatment techniques where we "blow off the enamel" and weakened the teeth, to much more conservative treatments with minimal intervention and a biomimetic approach.
It has given me the greatest joy and freedom. A much less stressfull environment in the office. Happy patients and more meaningful days.
Why is that?
I feel I give my patients the greatest value for money.
I guard the enamel and the pulps of their teeth to give them the absolutely best prognosis for the future. It´s meaningful to me and it makes h*ll of good sense to my patients, when they realize what its all about.
My journey began, when I started to look into OCCLUSION. It was back in 2006.
I met a young girl with bullemia ulcerosa and her teeth were devastated.
I wasn´t trained to treat cases like that so I searched the market for relevant courses.
I ended up in the States to learn occlusion from Dr. Frank Spear at his institute in Seattle.
It "BLEW MY MIND"
I realized I had learned absolutely nothing useful about occlusion before that?
I was shocked!
This was one of the most important keys to succes in treatment.
I later found out that I wasn´t the only one who didn´t know.
Still - a lot of dentists and newly graduated students are totally unknown to the field of occlusion.
Its like nobody takes it serious! Maybe because its controversial!
What if I dare to state, that;
OCCLUSION CAN BE SIMPLE AND EASY TO MANAGE
- will I be spanked?
Before it got simple and easy to manage to me, I went through a period of confusion.
Everything had been turned up-side-down and in the beginning I was practically paralyzed.
I kind of got insecure before I became secure and gained a new feeling of self-confidence in my profession.
So remember; Its all right and totally normal, if you during your journey feel the same.
I will promise you that mastering occlusion is fun and liberating and opens up new land of opportunities in our field. So the journey is definitely worth taking.
I got more and more brave and courageous. Changed vertical dimensions, drilled and drilled.
Did several full mouth cases with 28 units.... And I stressed....
I can almost feel the sweat under my arms!!!
I didn´t like it.
Why not? I ruled occlusion! I ruled dentistry - I thought!!
My real problem:
I HATED DRILLING TEETH DOWN!
I remember a conversation with my master technician.
I asked for palatal veneers on the canines in the upper jaw. I think it was in 2008.
"NO - it wasn´t possible. They would brake - they would not be pretty etc."
What am I doing today?
What have I leaned?
To trust my intuition and common sense.
I HAVE GIVEN MYSELF PERMISSION TO CHOOSE MATERIALS AND PROCEDURES THAT MIGHT NOT BE FULLY SCIENTIFICALLY ACCEPTED BUT WITCH I KNOW WILL SOLVE A PROBLEM WITHOUT FURTHER HARMING THE TOOTH AND THE HEALTH OF THE PATIENT.
I quote one of my favourite teachers
- Dr. Pascal Magne; "Dont wait for scientific evidence to save a tooth"
I wanted to make less invasive indirect treatments my own way.
In 2011 I got a CEREC machine and the in-office milling unit.
Well - well - well.
This was fun. Now I could do all sorts of restaurations. Inlays, onlays, crownlays, veneers, full crowns even small bridges.
And I could do it according to what I wanted. Not what a technician would dare to make, with all respect.
And I´ve pushed the limits. Very thin restaurations, onlay bridges and cantilever bridges etc...
I have learned a lot, and I wasn´t afraid, because I could redo the treatment if it failed.
I had plenty of tooth structure left.
Direct composites has always been my favourite material and procedure,
and it is today the most used treatment in my office.
I absolutely love composites.
They are easy to use, easy to repair, easy to renew and aesthetically acceptable for most of my patients.
If they want more aesthetic solutions I go for veneers.
Now you better dig out the best and wildest technician you know and find your inner queen or king of prep-design!
Today I practice using guidance from
Minimally invasive techniques
My own common sense/intuition
AND I LOVE IT
I hope to inspire you.
In my private life I live with my partner Kim who is an architect. We both went through a divorce 7 years ago, but didn´t meet until 2 years after. I have two kids age 16 and 19. He has two kids age 14 and 15.
That´s 4 teenagers under the same roof!
Its a lot of fun and a lot of challenges. And thats what life is all about.
Join me - I would love to be in this game with as many as possible - the game of minimally invasive dentistry.
All the best, Gigi.
Lets join forces and change dentistry by working minimally invasive with focus on great occlusions.
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Ill send you all the best I have. Usable tips and knowledge. Experience of 23 years of dentistry,