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007: Late Night with Denture Royalty.. Dr. Valerie Cooper

Podcast Highlights:

  • See how the “denture queen” is making dentures interesting and sexy
  • Learn how to cut down on your number of required appointments for denture fabrication from 5-6 appointments to 1 visit
  • Why dental technicians will always be needed in dentistry
  • Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality and their dental applications
  • New exciting digital denture techniques
  • How she finds inspiration and flow


Episode Hyperlinks:

Valerie’s Spotify Playlist made exclusively for Dental Outlier Listeners: Flowable

Stephanie + Valerie’s Spotify Playlist made exclusively for Dental Outlier Listeners: Collaborative Illumination

Book Recommendation: The Checklist Manifesto

Valerie’s YouTube Channel: Dr.Valerie Cooper

Valerie’s Instagram: DentureQueen

Valerie’s Email:

The TedTalk Stephanie saw for the “post-it” trick for creating and organizing: Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast
From the TedTalk: “Some years ago, I stumbled across a simple design exercise that helps people understand and solve complex problems, and like many of these design exercises, it kind of seems trivial at first, but under deep inspection, it turns out that it reveals unexpected truths about the way that we collaborate and make sense of things.”


Dr.Valerie Cooper’s Full Bio: 

Dr. Cooper is a private practice prosthodontist with a passion for dentures. Called the “Denture Queen” by her prosthodontics co-residents, the name stuck, and her love for removable prosthodontics grew with time. Dr. Cooper presents a systematic approach to digital denture treatment which she has been refining since she switched to all-digital denture fabrication in 2015.


Dr. Cooper’s practices are located in Dayton, Ohio, her hometown. She owns a practice limited to prosthodontics as well as a general dentistry practice. Since 2013 Dr. Cooper has fabricated free dentures for patients in her community during National Prosthdontics Awareness Week (NPAW). Many volunteer lab technicians, students, and prosthodontists helped prepare up to 20 dentures in a single week. Now that the process is all digital and requires less human touch, her focus has turned to education during NPAW and beyond.


Dr. Cooper’s prosthodontics training and Master of Science in Dentistry was completed at The Ohio State University in 2009. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at The Ohio State University in 2006. Dr. Cooper was selected for Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society, as well as received several awards for general clinical and academic excellence. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science in Biology, also from The Ohio State University, 2002. Currently, she is a member of the American College of Prosthodontics, American Dental Association, and serves on the board of directors for the Dayton Dental Society.


Research also has been an interest for Dr. Cooper. She began as a student research assistant in a lab which studied the genetics of cleft lip and palate. As a prosthodontics student she completed a human research study in dietary and microbial analysis of adults with rampant caries. As a private practice dentist she served as a consultant for Wright State University researchers studying the Fels longitudinal growth cohort. Currently Dr. Cooper spends time merely thinking about research ideas, analyzing her own work, and always refining.

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